Melva Ruth Smith

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April 22, 1934 - August 1, 2020
Born in Rogers, AR
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Melva Smith (nee Hendrix) of O’Fallon, Missouri, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 1, 2020, at the age of 86.  She was born April 22, 1934, in Rogers, AR to Lonnie and Dicie (Woodcock) Hendrix, now deceased.   She married her longtime friend and love, Richard B. Smith in June 1952, who preceded her in death in 2007.

Melva loved her family, music (playing piano, organ & singing), sewing, quilting, taking long driving trips with her husband across the countryside, and her cats. In the 1990’s she retired from McDonnell Aircraft/Boeing working as a Dept. Secretary supporting foreign reps from other countries.  She and her husband spread their love of music throughout their household to their four children.  In the 1960’s, 1970’s, and until the mid-1980’s, they founded two bands, “The Smith Aires”, and “Second Time Around”, while including their children as band members.  They became known as a popular weekend family band, playing private parties and weddings in the St. Louis area. After her husband’s death, Melva continued singing in the church choir.

Her life was a living example of the Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32 — “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

Melva is survived by her brother and wife Leroy and Martha Hendrix, Rogers, AR; four children, Glen Smith (Shelley Heeley), St. Louis, MO; Martin “Moose” Smith, (Elizabeth), Azle, TX; Susan Nanney (Kenneth), O’Fallon, MO; Bridget Ungarsky (Joshua), Springfield, MO; five grandchildren, Paul Nanney (Diamond Harmon), Patrick Nanney (Shelby), Bryan Heaston (Simone), Mitch Vicieux (Campbell Sloan), Kaylee Ungarsky; and eight great-grandchildren, Corey, Matthew, Emma, Lexie, Owen, Denary, Jack, and Bryanna.  All of these she loved and carried deeply in her heart.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Melva's name to Assumption Catholic Church, O’Fallon, Missouri.

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Guestbook Entries

  1. Joanne Ungarsky August 1, 2020 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    candle 7Sorry about your loss Bridget, may she RIP

  2. Pat (Seward) setley August 2, 2020 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    candle 8Sue and family I am sorry for your loss. I knew your mom when we all hung around together in neighborhood. May she rest in peace and for her life was filled with love and happiness for everyone

  3. Pamela Thompson August 2, 2020 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    candle 5Sue, Clark and I are so sorry to see this loss to your family. We send our prayers and love to all of you.

  4. Sharon Hill August 2, 2020 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    candle 8Sue – I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You are blessed to have had her for so long. My deepest condolences to you and your family. May she rest in perfect peace.

  5. Harry Walls, III August 2, 2020 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    candle 1Hey Brother, so glad you were able to enjoy your Mom for so long!

  6. Mike Gray August 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Glen and Shelley, so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and mother-in-law. Glen, your Mom and Dad were so helpful and patient with answering all my newbie questions about ham radio and electronics. I was always in awe of and drooling over their ham station and workbench. How much is left? (I got my Extra Class.) Your Dad gave me a good start in troubleshooting that served me well for decades. Shelley, I disappeared from Lindenwood because the state recruited me for an emergency appointment. I’m glad you and Glen got together.
     
    May God provide extra comfort to you and your family.
     
    Mike Gray

  7. James Reichle August 3, 2020 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    candle 5Dear friend, so sorry for your loss. I know she loved and was greatly loved in return. Wonderful obituary- quite a lady! His love and mine.

  8. CJ Esposito August 3, 2020 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Sue, I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. You and your family are in our prayers.
    Sincerely,
    CJ Esposito

  9. Heather Stanford August 3, 2020 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry Sue for the loss of your mom, my family and I are praying for you and your family, God sure is lucky to have gained another beautiful angel.

  10. Eric Nordquist August 3, 2020 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Smith Family, we are saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. May her memory always warm your hearts.

  11. Carolbeth True August 3, 2020 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Glen and Shelley I will be thinking of you tomorrow. So sorry that I’m not there- please forgive the plans. You will continue in my prayers.

  12. Carolbeth True August 4, 2020 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Glen and Shelley and family- I will be thinking of you tomorrow. Your mom was a wonderful person that I admired- I truly feel bad that I can’t be with you physically due to trip- please know I’m with you in spirit. Love and Fod’s Blessings to all.

  13. ROBERTNELSON August 4, 2020 at 6:04 am - Reply

    candle 8Glen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May God comfort your family during this time of grief.

  14. Lindell Chew August 4, 2020 at 8:42 am - Reply

    My prayers and thoughts are with the Smith children and all other family members

    Extending my deepest sympathy

  15. Moose Smith August 4, 2020 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    candle 1Mom, thanks for being the best Mom a guy could ever have. Thanks for always taking care of me and teaching me how to be a good Man. Mom, thanks for setting me free also. I realized after your Service today (Tuesday, August 4th, 2020), that I’ve been depressed about your condition for a long time. Last year (2019) and this year have been particularly hard for all of us who love you. I’ve realized today, Christ has released you from your pain…. and you have released me from my pain…

    Mom, we haven’t taken care of you this week; quite the contrary. You took care of us once again. Thanks for taking care of me one last time, Mom. I love you, Mom!! I’ll love you forever…

  16. Bryan Heaston August 4, 2020 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    candle 2I was so blessed to have know you and had felt your love and kindness. Me and my family will love tell the end you will care on for generations as we never stop remaining you and future generations about you.

  17. Rob Jacobs August 6, 2020 at 9:55 am - Reply

    candle 6My deepest sympathies to the family. Mrs. Smith was clearly a beloved woman.

    Moose, I am thinking about you and hope you continue to find solace.

  18. Rob Jacobs August 6, 2020 at 9:59 am - Reply

    candle 6My deepest sympathies to the family. Mrs. Smith was clearly a beloved individual.

    Moose, I am thinking about you and hope you find solace and peace.

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