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Lela Ivern Smith

April 24, 2016 — December 14, 2016

Herrin- Lela Ivern Smith, age 80, of Herrin, passed away at 10:55am on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Herrin Hospital. Lela was born in Carbondale on April 24, 1936, the daughter of Ira and Ruby (Laffoon) Batson. She married A. Arlie Smith in Carbondale at the First Baptist Church on June 28, 1953. He preceded her in death on November 18, 2004. Mrs. Smith had retired from Herrin Hospital as an operating room technician after more than thirty years of service. Lela was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her beloved family. Lela and Allyn enjoyed raising their children, fishing, and going to the Riverboat. Survivors include- Daughter- Deborah and Britton Misker of Goreville Daughter- Theresa and Gregory Haub of Herrin Daughter- Sue and Jim Stevens of Energy Son- Steve and Michele Smith of Herrin Daughter- Linda and Michael Nordhaus of TN Son- Scott Smith and companion, Dawn Lawson, of Marion Fifteen Grandchildren- Jennifer Lela Thompson of Herrin Jessica Vashti Hepp of Herrin Amy (Roger) Haub-Sanders of Herrin Christopher (Devin) Haub of Carterville Renee (Rick) Lowe of Herrin Brian Calcaterra of Benton Jodi (Jordan) Miller of Herrin Ross Smith of Herrin Stefanie Smith of Herrin Kassie (Rob) Ebbert of Carterville Davie (Kristy) Cedar of Johnston City Michael and Alyson Lasley of Anna Mackenzie (A.D.) Rider of Benton Hayden Nordhaus of TN Ryan Hood of San Diego, CA Seventeen Great Grandchildren Brother- Fred and Marietta Kilmer of Goreville Sister- Velma and Larry Smith of Leesburg, FL Brother-in-law and sister-in-law- David and Mary Smith of Carterville Several nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother- Charles Batson, and sister- Evelyn Haught. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, December 16, 2016 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Robert Jilek officiating. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 5-8pm on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home. For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home; 201 S. 13th Street; Herrin, IL 62948. For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Starts at 11:00 am

Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

201 S 13th St, Herrin, IL 62948

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