Elva Marie Smee, daughter of the late George Lewis Gaines and Rachel Winemiller Gaines was born on April 3, 1922 in Stoddard County and departed this life in the Cypress Point Skilled Nursing Center in Dexter on December 30, 2011 at the age of 89.
Mrs. Smee was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Dexter, the former co-owner of George's Freeze Queen in Bernie, Grandpa's Barbecue in Dexter with her husband, George, and was a resident of Dexter.
She was united in marriage to George Franklin Smee on October 5, 1939 at Bloomfield. Mr. Smee survives of the home in Dexter.
She is survived by three sons and daughter-in-laws, Stephen and Mary Smee of Calvert City, Kentucky, Stanley and Lois Smee of Jackson and Gary and Linda Smee of Mountain City, Texas: by one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Rondell Smiley of Bernie: by two sisters, Anna Mae Stanfill of Louisville, Kentucky and Ola Faye Gilkey of Dexter: by nine grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Wanda Smith, Velma Grindstaff and Pearl Gaines; and one brother, Elvis Gaines, and by one brother in infancy.
Friends may call at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter, from 9:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Funeral services will then be conducted at 11:00 A.M. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lonny Mittag officiating. Interment will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield.