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Elise Marguerite Smith

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Elise Marguerite Smith, 89, of Alamogordo, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at her home.
She was born Jan. 9, 1921, in Yell County, Ark., to Herbert Jackson and Rilla (Whitford) Dean. She married Robert Arthur Smith on April 10, 1944, at North Little Rock, Ark. She received her degree in education in 1957 at Eastern New Mexico University and taught in Arkansas and New Mexico for 33 years. She moved from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 2007.
She was a faithful member of the Cuba Avenue Church of Christ. She loved doing crafts and playing chicken foot with her friends. She actively collected stuffed animals and donated many of them to the Angel Tree Ministries. She was a member of the Otero County Association of Educational Retirees.
She is survived by one daughter Elise Haley and her husband, Joe, of Alamogordo; numerous nieces and nephews in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico; and numerous friends at Cuba Avenue Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Arthur Smith; her parents; and two sisters, Mary Bullard and Daisy Buchanan.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Cuba Avenue Church of Christ with Dave Oakley officiating.
Interment will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Pallbearers include Robert Callaway, Jimmy Morgan, Jack Rathgeber, Ben Steward, Dave Woods and Tom Beeson.
Honorary pallbearers are the residents of the Aristocrat Assisted Living Center.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Mountain View Christian Camp in Alto, or to Manuelita Childrens Home in Gallup.
The Smith family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 17 to Dec. 22, 2010
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