Betty June Smith

Betty June Smith

Betty June Smith died on Dec. 30, 2023, after a short illness. She was born on June 29, 1935, in Climax, Ga., the daughter of Lloyd Woodward and Lavada Cooper Woodward, both now deceased. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rufus A. Holt, and her second husband, Donald L. Smith. She was also preceded in death by sisters Irene Dixon and Ophelia Brock; brothers Gerald Woodward, Lester Woodward and John Woodward; and her son Larry Holt. 

She is survived by a sister Tina Sowell; sister-in-law Betty (Norm) Beckman; daughters Nancie Escruceria, Susan Pagley, Dona (Don) Swain, Kaye Lynn Lipe and Kathy (Ed) Lopez; and sons Donald L. Smith Jr. and John Dale Smith. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

She grew up in the small town of Faceville, Ga. She graduated from Faceville High School. She had the opportunity to travel the world as a military spouse and her outgoing personality helped her adjust and make friends easily. She and her husband Don settled in his hometown of Alto Pass after his military retirement.

She was a loving and devoted mother and in later years she found great enjoyment as a grandmother and great-grandmother. She had a long career as a real estate agent in Union County.

She was an avid reader, an accomplished painter of ceramics and enjoyed board games, card games and scrapbooking. She was at her happiest when the house was filled with family and friends. 

In 2020, she moved to South Carolina to live with her daughter Dona and son-in-law Don. She eventually settled at Myrtle Beach Grove Assisted Living, where she enjoyed the wide variety of activities available there. 

She will be cremated. Memorial services will be held at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna on Saturday, April 20.

The family will receive visitors from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Memorial services will start at noon. Interment will follow at the Alto Pass Cemetery.

Memorials can made to the Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living, 2135 W. Ramada Ln., Carbondale, Ill. 62901. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

To visit her memorial page and to leave online condolences for her family, visit the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home website at

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
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