Obituary: Venita Mae Smith


Venita Mae Smith, 94, passed away on Jan. 7, 2021.

She was born on May 2, 1926, in Wister, OK to John Gordon and Sarah Emadine Mcgee (McClain).

Venita was a sweet quiet loving godly woman that enjoyed quilting, going to church, word search puzzles, and most of all spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother whose memory will be cherished forever by her friends and family.

Venita is survived by her daughters, Jeri Bennett, Janet Hedden, Debbie Finley, and Patty Middleton; thirteen grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Curtis Smith; sons, Terry Lee Smith and John Edmond Leydecker; daughter, Jeannie Pipides; grandson, Jason Lane; three sisters, Edna Wyatt, Retha Mills, and Lois McGee; and 4 brothers, Richard, Leon, Eugene, and John D. McGee.

Pallbearers are Lee Harmon, Randall King, Tahkodah Harmon, Joshua Harmon, Jarrod Grider, and Theresa Briggs. Honorary Pallbearers will be Larry King and Larry Finley.

A visitation will be held at Willis Funeral Service on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, from 6-8 p.m.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Finley Creek Baptist Church followed by a burial at the Finley Creek Cemetery with Brother Stephen Stevenson officiating.

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