Linda (Chumley, Ellison) Smith, who was born July 18, 1947 to JH Cowboy and Wanda Chumley in Eunice, Texas, entered into the arms of Jesus on April 11, 2013 after a short medical battle. She was raised in Texas with six younger brothers, where she married LD Ellison and gave birth to their daughter Lisa Ellison and son Tommy Ellison. They moved to Alaska in 1977 where she was a successful business woman, first owning the Sterling Glamour Hut and later owning multiple rental properties. She was a foster parent to many children that she loved very much. She married Leon Smith in 1993 and gained six more children. She was a long-time volunteer in the church from teaching children to playing the piano. Her sense of humor and love of the Lord were evident to all who met her. She had a vast collection of smiley face items. Her granddaughter Hannah explained that the smiley faces were uplifting and encouraged everyone to show a positive attitude. After losing her son in 2008 she often quoted two Corinthians 5:8 "Absent in body, present with the Lord." So even though she is no longer with us we are comforted by the fact that we know exactly where she is.
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She is preceeded in death by her son Tommy Ellison, her nephew LeeLynn Chumley, her neice Jasper Chumley, her mother Margaret Holland, her mother Wanda House, her father JH Cowboy Chumley, her brothers Alan and Ronnie Sewell, her father-in-law Jesse Smith, her son-in-law Dale Auldridge, her Aunts Christine Woodfin, Nettie Bell Sword, Jimmy Nell McDaniels and her Uncle Nobe Chumley.
She is survived by her husband Leon Smith; her daughters Lisa Ellison, Kerstin Ellison, Gina Auldridge, Linda and her husband Dan Bunker, Susan and her husband Aaron Parker; her sons Brian and his wife Janice Smith, Jesse and his wife Bonnie Smith, Jonathan and his wife Kathy Smith, Mike Stoner and John Stoner; her grandchildren Cody, Riley and Hannah Ellison, Andrew Stoner, Matthew Collom, Ashley Kalnins, Caitlyn Hill, Katie, Megan and Zachary Bunker, Alyssa Udelhoven, Jessica Tautfest, Emily and Kailey Parker, Erika Apostolos, Alecia Bradford, Sydney and Shelby Smith, Erica Dempster, Amanda Powell, Brittney, Brandon and Nathan Smith; her brothers Joe and his wife Jackie Chumley, Lee and his wife Karen Chumley, Hugh (Scooter) and his wife Linda Chumley, Eddie Joe House, Clyde and his wife Jackie Sewell; her sister Barb and her husband Norm Blakeley; her uncle Homer and his wife Janice Chumley. She had seven great grandchildren and a multitude of neices, nephews, cousins and extended family.
A memorial services was held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Sterling Assembly of God. A special thanks to Hydra and Glynn Murray and the ladies there for the potluck following the service.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Apr. 16, 2013