Geneva Ruth Smith was born the daughter of Van Armstrong and Martha (Cozort) Armstrong on December 7, 1923, in Morriston, Arkansas, and departed this life on March 14, 2017, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 93 years.
She was united in marriage on August 6, 1939, in Salem, Arkansas, to Claude Smith who preceded her in death on June 5, 1988.
She is survived by four children, Geneva Sue Purcell of Thayer, Missouri, Martha Martin and husband, Tom of Indianapolis, Indiana, Sondra Jones and husband, Charles of Ozark, Missouri, and Therman Smith and wife, Melissa of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; eighteen grandchildren, John, Jake, Susan, Vincent, Rick, Lynda, Kerri, Pam, Patti, T.J., Tara, Luke, Angie, Tammy, Angela, Emily, Charity, and Kaleb; thirty-six great grandchildren; fifteen great-great grandchildren; one brother, David Armstrong of Mound Ridge, Kansas; one sister, Veneda Dillard of Pontiac, Michigan; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Smith; her parents, Van and Martha Armstrong; one daughter, Wanda Moore; one son, Claude Smith, Jr.; one great grandson, Preston Hale, two brothers, Cleatus “Pete” Armstrong and Cloyce Armstrong; and five sisters, Thelma Armstrong, Jeanette Romine, Nadine Smith, Wilma Cherry and Elsie Holman.
Mrs. Smith was a longtime member of Mammoth Spring Church of Christ, faithfully attending as long as health permitted.
Geneva was employed with Puritan Fashions, later known as Barads, for many years, earning the position as floor supervisor.
She enjoyed quilting, gardening, fishing, and sewing. Mrs. Smith also loved to sing and sang at many funerals in the area.
She loved her family and will be remembered as a devoted mother, cherished grandmother and a dear sister. She will truly be missed by her family and friends.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, with Barry O’Dell officiating.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 until service time at the funeral home in Thayer.
Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.