Helen Leona, nee Wilkerson, Smith, 93, of New Athens, IL; born November 9, 1919 in New Athens, IL; passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL.
Mrs. Smith had worked in the kitchen at the New Athens Home for the Aged for 25 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in New Athens, IL; United Methodist Women; a 56 year member of VFW Auxiliary Post 7710; New Athens Senior Club and Royal Neighbors of America.
She was preceded in death by her parents – George and Minnie, nee Fordice, Wilkerson. Her husband Clayton “Cowboy” Smith whom she married on December 25, 1936 in Waterloo, IL and who passed away on July 20, 1981, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
She is survived by her children – Sharon (David) Kelcher St. Peters, MO; Mike (Connie) Smith of Okawville, IL; Mark (Jessi) Smith of Deland, FL; Becky (Basil) Nagel of Millstadt, IL; Kim (Ron) Hampton. 11 grandchildren. 11 great-grandchildren. 5 great-great grandchildren. 1 sister – Alice Jung of Swansea, IL. 1 brother in law – Maurice “Gene” Smith of St. Louis, MO.
Memorials may be made to New Athens Home Activity Fund; United Methodist Church or Family Hospice
Visitation: Friends may call at the United Methodist Church in New Athens, IL on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 9:00vam to 12:00 noon.
Funeral: Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in New Athens, IL on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 12:00 noon with Rev. Ron Chase officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held in Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.