Thelma Mae Smothers

Thelma Mae Smothers

Thelma Mae Smothers, 98, of Jackson, Mo., and formerly of Olive Branch, died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. 

She was born on April 26, 1923, in East St. Louis, the daughter of Walter and Mattie Pulliam Minton.

She married Thomas Sherman Smothers on Jan. 28, 1942, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death on June 28, 1993.

Mrs. Smothers spent years as a homemaker and taking care of her children. She also worked as a seamstress in Mounds and as a clerk at the grocery stores in Olive Branch and Tamms. 

She was a member of the Alexander Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, working puzzles and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters, Sheila (Harold) Hale and Fairan Kae (Larry) Naeger; eight grandchildren, Beverly (Bryan) Miller, Karla (Mark) Simmons, Tommy (Bobbi) Smothers, David (Joey) Hale, John (Shannon) Hale, Becky (Lee) Gerler, Kevin Naeger and Kelly (Jeff) DeClerk; numerous great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Rosenthal; a brother, James (Shirley) Minton; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. 

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Tom Smothers.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, with the Rev. Sam Ramdial officiating. Interment followed in Olive Branch Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Olive Branch Cemetery.

Crain Funeral Home in Tamms was in charge of arrangements.

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