Elva Marie Smee, daughter of the late George Lewis Gaines and Rachel Winemiller Gaines, was born on April 3, 1922, in Stoddard County and died in the Cypress Point Skilled Nursing Center in Dexter on Dec. 30, 2011, at the age of 89.
Mrs. Smee was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Dexter. She, along with her husband George, formerly owned George's Freeze Queen in Bernie, Mo., and Grandpa's Barbecue in Dexter.
She was a resident of Dexter.
She was united in marriage to George Franklin Smee on Oct. 5, 1939, in Bloomfield, Mo.
Mr. Smee survives at their home in Dexter.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Mary Smee of Calvert City, Ky., 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, Ky., and Ola Faye Gilkey of Dexter; by nine grandchildren; and by 20 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Wanda Smith, Velma Grindstaff and Pearl Gaines; by one brother, Elvis Gaines; and by a baby boy in infancy.
Visitation was held at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter, Mo., from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.
Funeral services were then conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in the Rainey-Mathis Fun-eral Chapel, with Rev. Lonny Mittag officiating.
Interment followed in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo.