Wilma Dean Smith, 61, of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri.
She was born on September 26, 1952, at the home of her parents, Nellie Emmaline Davis Smith Wake and Charles Fredrick Smith, in Cabool. She was next to the youngest of 10 children. Wilma lived her entire life in Cabool.
Wilma was a very special person to all who knew and loved her. She worked at Texas County Sheltered Workshop in Houston for 10 years where she made many friends. During her younger years she enjoyed many outings and vacations with her family. She loved her family and enjoyed visiting with them. Her hobbies were looking at pictures, going for rides, talking on the phone and anything that involved Elvis. She also had a deep love for Jesus, and church was one of her favorite places to go. It was there she touched many lives through her praise of our Lord. She was a member of Maness Memorial Baptist Church in Cabool. One thing for sure is Wilma never met a stranger.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, Nellie Wake and Charles Smith; her stepfather, Manuel Wake; and two sisters, Jessie Sparks and Glenna Upperman.
She is survived by four sisters, Edna Strong, Barbara Collins, Eileen Minshall, and Carolyn Middleton and husband Bob, and one brother, Chuck Smith and wife Frieda, all of Cabool; two half-sisters, Frieda Johnson and husband Mark of Marshfield, Missouri, and Gail McDonald and husband Cliff of Harrisonville, Missouri; a very special roommate at Kabul Nursing Home, Bonnie Bennett; several stepbrothers, stepsisters, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at the funeral chapel with Brother Terry Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Randy Hale, Scott Minshall, Casey Smith, Dustin Collins, Steve Strong and Dallas Strong. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Wake, Jim Sears, and Rick Smith. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.