Melissa Ellen Smith was born the daughter of Charles Morton Smith and Opal Marie (Clark) Smith on November 9, 1947, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this life August 30, 2015, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 67 years.
She is survived by one sister, Charlene Smith McGarvey of North Kansas City, Missouri; one brother, Michael A. Smith of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Opal Smith, and one infant son, Michael Heath Corp.
Melissa was a graduate of the Mammoth Spring High School, graduating with the class of 1965.
She began her working career at the local garment factory, later known as Lee’s Curtains, in Thayer, Missouri, where she was employed a total of thirty-three years.
Melissa enjoyed her job as cashier in the retail grocery business, retiring from Harps Grocery after fourteen years of service.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mammoth Spring and the Spring River Lion’s Club.
Melissa enjoyed her time spent as a volunteer aide for the Kindergarten class at the Mammoth Spring Elementary School.
She was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Arkansas Razorbacks fan and was known for her beautiful handmade counted cross-stitch work.
She will be remembered for her outgoing personality, great smile, and warm and giving spirit. She will truly be missed by her family and many friends.
Melissa’s family will receive friends on Thursday, September 3, 2015, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.
Burial will be private in the Riverside Cemetery at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.
Arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.