Evelyn Lorene (Smith) Rolen was born the daughter of Thomas “Tommy” Smith and Edith (Geib) Smith on May 16, 1934, in Lunsford, Arkansas, and departed this life November 12, 2013, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas, at the age of 79 years.
She was united in marriage on December 27, 1952, in Oregon County, Missouri, to Charles Franklin Rolen, who preceded her in death on September 27, 1989.
She is survived by six children, Jerry Rolen of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Linda Powell and husband, William of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Donald Rolen and wife, Linda of Sterling, Illinois, Dennis Rolen and wife, Theresa of Easton, Kansas, Carl Rolen of West Plains, Missouri, and Debra Berry and husband, Robert of Cave City, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two infant children, Joyce Ann Rolen and Karen Sue Rolen; three sisters, Goldie Wood-Johnson, Velma (Meyers) Phillips, and Lucille Price; two brothers, Harvey Smith and Avery Smith; and infant twin siblings.
Lorene was a homemaker and an amazing cook, specializing in family dinners, pies and biscuits. She also enjoyed gardening, yardwork, molding and painting ceramics, and wood carving. She could do about any thing to which she set her mind, including building a fence or small engine repair.
Lorene was a member of the Church of Christ and a member of the Mammoth Spring VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
She will be remembered as a kind and caring lady with a deep devotion to her family. She will truly be missed by her family and many friends.
Memorial services will be Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until time of the service.
Services will be under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc.