JOHNSTON CITY - Evelyn Smothers, 90, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Johnston City, died at 8:27 a.m. Oct. 12, 2013, in TMC Hospice ("Peppi's House") in Tucson.
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She was born April 20, 1923, to Harry and Lillie M. (Dillard) Slater.
A U.S. Army veteran during World War II, she served as a clerk/typist and was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal in December 1945.
She married Johnny Ray "Red" Smothers on Nov 16, 1956, in Corinth, Miss., and he preceded her in death March 28, 1999.
Mrs. Smothers worked 26 years as a caseworker for the Illinois Department of Public Aid in Marion, retiring in June 1983.
She enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing with her husband, who was an avid outdoorsman. As time passed, the hunting trips turned into bird watching events for her. She enjoyed trailer camping with her family, frequently spending time at Ferne Clyffe State Park, Rend Lake and Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee.
She was a member of Happy Campers camping club and Business and Professional Women's Club (BPW).
In her last few years, she enjoyed spending time with Mario DellaBetta, going out to Arrowhead Lake Campground to eat a hot dog, watch people riding in the paddleboats or watch the kids fishing.
She was a very kind, sweet person who enjoyed talking to people and hearing their life stories. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
One of her favorite sayings was, "Life's great if you don't weaken." She believed in higher education and encouraged her sons to go to college. She believed in staying active and loved eating fresh garden tomatoes.
Survivors include two sons, Van Wilson of Marion and Tom and Diann Smothers of Tucson; sister-in-law, Lucille Vogan, of Wood River; nieces, Millicent Melchi of Sturgis, Mich., Karen Vogan of Wood River and Debbie and Greg Harden of Alton; nephews, Melvin Williams of Kokomo, Ind., and Harry Joe Brunn of Shreveport, La.; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnny Ray "Red" Smothers; two sisters, Mary Williams and Jeannie Brunn; and brothers-in-law, Bill Vogan and Delbert Williams.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City with Pastor Lee Petty officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at the funeral home. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Marion VFW, American Legion and Illinois Army National Guard.
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Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2013