Delphia Jewell Kile, 88, of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on October 31, 2011 at Kabul Nursing Home, Cabool.
She was born on January 15, 1923, a twin, in Red Oak, Iowa, the daughter of James Arley and Gladys Faye (Byrd) Smith. They moved to Cabool when Delphia was just a baby, later moving to Elk Creek, Missouri, making that their home for many years.
Delphia, with only an eighth grade education from Elk Creek School, was known for her unique penmanship. She went to work at the age of 12 at the Elk Creek Store for Dick Grisham. She worked for different merchants in Cabool as well as the shoe factory. She was a hard worker and dedicated mother to her five wonderful children, Lana, Jimmy, Terry, Kirby and Nancy.
She enjoyed sewing, making many quilts and wedding dresses, card games, dominoes and especially watching the St. Louis Cardinals.
Delphia was preceded in death by her twin sister; her parents, Jim and Faye Smith; and a son-in-law, Danny Aldridge.
She is survived by her five children, Lana Hensley of Cabool, Jim and wife Cheri of Billings, Missouri, Terry and friend Carla of Gainesville, Texas, Kirby and wife Cathy of Stott City, Missouri, and Nancy Foster and husband Don of Houston, Missouri; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; as well as many friends and relatives. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2011, at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Darrel Loughridge officiating. Pallbearers will be Bill Hamilton, Billy Parmenter, Stanley White, Randy Richardson, Terry Holder and John Dameron. Honorary pallbearers will be Linnie Aleshire and Charles Points. Interment will be in Steeley Chapel Cemetery in Elk Creek under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Cabool Senior Center. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.