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Elizabeth Jeanne Adams Smith

Memphis, TN

Elizabeth Jeanne Adams Smith, 88, of Memphis and formerly of Stacyville, Iowa, Greenville, Miss., and West Monroe, Louisiana, died September 7, 2017 after a lengthy illness.

The daughter of the late Robert J. and Esther Wolf Adams of Stacyville and later Greenville, she graduated from Greenville High School and attended Mississippi University for Women.

A lifelong bridge player and avid reader, she was active in Greenville bridge and garden clubs. Mrs. Smith loved music, having played the piano in high school and college and loved attending classical performances throughout her life. A lover of animals, she bred miniature schnauzers.

She was the business manager for nine years at the Children's Clinic in Greenville. Later in life, she embarked on a twenty-seven year career in counseling and addictive disease treatment. She worked at the Harbor House in Memphis before serving as the director of the Harbor House for Women in Jackson, Miss. She directed the alcohol and addictive disease program for Woodland Hills hospital in West Monroe, La. and was a counselor at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe prior to opening a private counseling practice. She served as an officer of the Mississippi Half Way Houses Assoc., the Mississippi Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Assoc., and the Edinborough Homeowners Assoc. in Memphis.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Marvin Hayes Smith Sr., her son, Robert Adams Smith, and her sister, June Adams Traylor. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Smith Byram, and her son, Hayes Smith, Jr., both of Memphis, two grandchildren, Paul Wesley Byram and Mary Elizabeth Byram White, and three great-grandchildren, Rory, Crosby, and Haddie White.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you invite someone you love to dinner.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sept. 10, 2017
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