On December 10, 1939 a new baby girl entered in the Smith family home. Verd and Golda (Weaver) Smith named her Ruby Lavond Smith. Throughout her early life she walked nearly two miles each way to school with her brother and sisters to Fairview School.
She attended and accepted the Lord and was baptized at Fairview Baptist Church.
In her early teens she became good friends with Wayne Simpson, and in July 1955 they went on their first date. On May 14, 1956 they became husband and wife and spent the next 60 years side by side. They celebrated their 60th anniversary a few days before her death in Mercy Hospital.
She and Wayne started farming on their farm shortly after their marriage, from milking cows, pruning grapes, pulling weeds, tending the strawberry fields and growing the vegetables, she loved it all. Her goal was to grow the best.
Lavond was a member of Mtn. Valley Free Will Baptist Church that she faithfully attended for the past 45 years.
Lavond was preceded in death by her mother and father, Verd and Golda (Weaver) Smith; her son, David, who died only a few days before her; two sisters, Lorraine Brickell and husband Alfred and Dorothy Norton and husband Bob; one grandson, David French; and one great-grandson, Gaven French.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne of the home; one daughter, Deborah French and husband Morgan of Mtn. Grove; daughter-in-law, Teresa Simpson of Mtn. Grove; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Frank Smith of Mtn. Grove; two sisters, Marjorie Ragsdale of Marshfield, Missouri, and Evelyn Shaw of Mtn. Grove, as well as many other family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016, at the funeral chapel with Edwin Carter officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Thomas, Ted Turner, Gary Day, Chuck Hart, Gary Miller and Don Odle. Honorary pallbearers were Ron Deeds and Gerald Miller. Interment was in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions be made to Friendship Cemetery c/o the funeral home.