Vera Joyce Smith, 84, of Mt. Vernon, died 1 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
She was born Sunday, Sept. 2, 1928, in Walnut Hill, the daughter of Norman and Cora I. (Street) Copple. She married Roger O. Smith at Little Grove Church in Walnut Hill on Aug. 20, 1948, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1997.
Vera taught school in the one room schoolhouse named “College School” in Walnut Hill at the age of 19, and later worked as secretary of Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80 for several years until retirement. She was Past President of Junior Women’s Club and was a member of Home Extension, Senior Circle and Lois Morse Missionary Guild. She participated in the Healthy Woman’s group at Crossroads Community Hospital and was a nursery and Sunday School worker, Children’s Bible School Superintendent and church member of Central Christian Church in Mt. Vernon.
She is survived by two sons, Stuart N. Smith and wife Sandra of Salem and Steven R. Smith and wife Phyllis of Mt. Vernon; daughter, Susan J. Rubenacker of Paducah, Ky.; five grandchildren, Shane Smith and wife Ashley of Colonial Heights, Tenn., Sarah Watts and husband Traven of Ina, Kandace Runyon and husband Joshua of Salem and Danielle Smith and Shawn Smith of Salem; great-granddaughter, Emily Runyon of Salem; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Kenneth and Raymond Copple; two sisters, Lucille Copple and Louise Cameron; and son-in-law, Dennis P. Rubenacker.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Mr. Randy Sells, Mr. J. Howard Kraps and Mr. Jamie Allen officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Central Christian Church Children’s Project 160 and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfunrealhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.