Mrs.Clara Lucille Smith
Loving wife, mother and grandmother, Clara Lucille Smith of Raymondville, passed away April 27, 2012 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri. The daughter of Nancy Louise (Maybearry) Gale Morgan and Sidney Hanson Gale, she was born January 17, 1944 at Kimble, Missouri, making her age 68 years, 3 months and 10 days.
She was united in marriage to James Albert Smith, on February 7, 1962 making their union together 49 years. To this union 7 children were born.
Surviving is her husband James Albert Smith of Raymondville, her children, Nancy and Jerry Cornelison of Licking, Sharon and Billy Labbee of Hartshorn, Donna and Gary Smith of Raymondville, James Smith Jr., Billy Smith, Carrie Smith all of Houston, Stanley and Annette Smith of Raymondville, 5 sisters, Nelda Gann of Licking, Ivy Mefford of Shelbina, Fernie Sweeney of Shelbina, Elizabeth Morgan and Mary Morgan of Palmyra, 3 brothers, Ray Gale of Shelbina, Norman Gale of Bethel, and George Gale of Clearance, 23 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney Gale and Nancy Morgan, grandparents, Luella (Lulu B Kelley) Maybearry and George W. Maybearry, one brother Jackie Gale, two sisters, Carol Marie Teague and Leota Gale, and three great grandchildren, Skyler Hogan, Lynette Lyons, and Emily Freeman.
Clara cared for everyone, family and friends, even people she barely knew. She often asked about others, even those she hadn’t seen in years. If she knew there was a problem in someone’s life she would worry and pray for them. She would do anything for anybody, if there was anyway she could she would always try to help.
She loved her garden, flowers and pets. I don’t think there was a flower or any animal she didn’t like, other than snakes and bugs.
Clara was a joyful woman, always laughing and smiling. She was one of the strongest people, one could ever meet. She fought a long and hard battle with cancer, never gave up, stayed strong, and kept her faith. God gave our family an Angel and after 68 years, it was time for her to go home. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 30, 2012 at 2:00 Pm at Bradford Funeral Home with brother Pete Wilson officiating. Interment will be in Antioch Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.