Mom grew up in Salem, Ark., playing basketball during high school and received a basketball scholarship. She attended a women's business school in Kansas City, Mo., after graduating from Salem High School in 1950.
Mom returned to Salem to help care for her parents. On May 17, 1952, she married Cephis Jayden "Jay" Smith. He preceded her in death in July 1998.
After Dad returned from military duty, they made their home in Independence, Mo., where they raised their three children. Mom began a 40-year career in the Independence Employees City Credit Union after all of her children were in school. What started as a part-time position lead to the position of vice-president of the credit union.
Mom loved her years at the credit union and made many life-long friends and only stopped working because she became ill.
Mom and Dad spent many years bowling in several leagues, square dancing with the Harper's Hoppers, playing cards with their many friends, camping with their children and enjoying time at their Lake of the Ozarks Cabin. They always found time to return to their hometown roots of Salem and Viola, Ark., to visit their family or to help care for those who were ill. Family vacations were a staple of summertime. Trips included the Blue Ridge Mountains, Washington State, Nevada, Texas and Louisiana, to visit relatives and visit as many historical sites as possible along the way.
As their family began to expand, they enjoyed babysitting the grandkids from time to time and taking them on mini vacations to Branson and Arkansas. Mom was ecstatic when her great-grandson Jayden was born and was named after his great-grandfather.
For the past 13 years, since Dad's death, Mom has spent a lot of time traveling with her friends and relatives, playing dice, Skip-Bo and crocheting baby afghans. Visiting local casinos was one of her favorite pastimes with her good friend Carol Hopkins.
She is survived by her daughter Sherwyn Contreras and son-in-law Toby; son Gregg Smith and daughter-in-law Tammy; son Tim Smith, all of Lee's Summit, Mo.; her grandchildren, Heather Russell and husband Kimo, and Aaron Giddings; Georgia, Jamie and Alex Smith; Tabetha and Shayla Smith; step-children Alex and Dan Contreras; and great-grandson Jayden Haruhisa Russell; sister, Edna Trulson, Pasco, Wash.; brother Lee Maguffee and wife Shirley, Holden, Mo.; sister-in-laws Nina Adams and husband Norman, Grain Valley, Mo., and Sue Yourtee and husband David, Fruita, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years; her parents; in-laws Zeph and Neva (Brison) Smith; brothers Obed Maguffee, Frehlyn Maguffee, H.B. Maguffee, and J.N. Maguffee; sisters, Norma Hayes, Neama Turner and Naomi Webb.
Pallbearers were Aaron Giddings, Alex Smith, Dennis Adams, Kimo Russell, Jeremy McCormick, Jordan Garbs, and Glen Surbaugh.
The family would like to thank her friend Carol Hopkins and Mary Price for their help with Mom during the radiation treatments.
Thank you to all of the many family and friends, too numerous to list, for continuing to check on our family during this difficult time. We also wish to thank Homewatch CareGivers for the special care during these last two weeks and Crossroads Hospice. Visitation was Oct 7, 2011, at Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Services were Oct. 8, 2011, at the funeral home with burial immediately following at Floral Hills East on 50 Hwy in Lee's Summit, Mo. Donations may be made to the Cancer Action, Kansas City, Kan. Condolences for the family may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 816-353-1218).