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July 3, 2003

TESS SMITH
(1/16/1918 - 6/24/2003)




Teresa Elizabeth (Tess) Smith, 95, of Memphis died Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at her farm in rural northeast Scotland County.

Tess was the third daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Jenkinson. She was born on January 16, 1918 in Queensland, Australia and was raised on the family farm in Kilcoy. She later moved to Brisbane, Australia where she worked as a cashier.

She met Donald F. Smith of rural Memphis while he was serving in the U. S. Navy during World War II. They were married in Brisbane on April 10, 1944. He preceded her in death on August 27, 1999.

Four children were born to this union: John Edward, Gary Richard, and two children who died in infancy.

Tess farmed with Don in northeast Scotland County throughout their married life. She also clerked at Struble's Clothing Store on the square and managed the Grandview Motel for seven years. She was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church in Memphis.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, seven brothers and sisters, and two children in infancy.

Survivors include two sons, Gary of the home and John and his wife Shah of St. Louis; four grandchildren: Beth and her husband Tom D'Alfonso of Wiltshire, England, Jim Durbin of St. Louis, Benjamin Smith of Columbia, and Kathryn Smith of St. Louis; one great-grandchild, Charlotte D'Alfonso of Wiltshire, England; one sister, Themmie Knight of Queensland, Australia, along with a large number of nieces, nephews and cousins in Australia, many dear neighbors and friends.

She made great cookies and pies.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 26, 2003 at St. John's Catholic Church in Memphis with Father Bill Kottenstette presiding. Organist was Joan Hinds. Serving as casket bearers were Jim Durbin, Kathryn Smith, Benjamin Smith, George Eggers, Jim McClintic, Larry Campbell, and Bruce Childress. Burial was in the Conyers Cemetery in rural Scotland County. A rosary service was said at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, at Gerth Funeral Service in Memphis. Memorials are suggested to the Conyers Cemetery or to St. John's Church in Memphis and may be mailed to or left at Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555.

Gerth Funeral Service handled the arrangements from their Memphis chapel.

Condolences may be sent to the Smith family via email at gerths@gerths.com.


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