Thelma SMITH

Thelma Lucille Smith

Thelma Lucille Smith, 77, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Regency Nursing Care Residence.

She was born on March 1, 1937, in Palmyra, IL, the daughter of the late Ralph and Lucille (Miller) Vance. She married Dean George Smith on Sept. 29, 1962, in Palmyra, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1987.

Mrs. Smith was a very active member of Cherry Hills Baptist Church and she also volunteered at the Washington Street Mission for several years.

She is survived by two sons, Timothy (wife, Sandra) Smith of Belle Foursche, SD, and Stephen (wife Tonya) Smith of Springfield; two grandchildren, Lisa and Jacob Smith; a sister, Phyllis Kramer of Palmyra; four brothers, Donald (wife, Irene) Vance of Shelbyville, IL, Norman (wife, Janie) Vance of Palmyra, Coy (wife Brenda) Vance of Santa Maria, CA, and Kenneth Vance of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield, where visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Cherry Hills Baptist Church, with Rev. Gary Nelsen officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Washington St. Mission.

Please visit the online obituary at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

Funeral Home

Bisch Funeral Home
2931 South Koke Mill Road Springfield, IL 62711
(217) 544-5424

Published in The State Journal-Register from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2014