Judith Smith (nee Dundon), of O'Fallon, MO, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at the age of 89. Judy was born in Springfield, Ohio to the parents of James and Mildred Dundon on the 23rd of January 1934. Judy had 4 brothers, Jim, John, Joe, and Jerry, and 1 sister, Janet, who passed away as a young child. Judy lived in an orphanage for 4 years between the ages of 8-12 with her 4 brothers while her mother served in the Army Air Corp. After her mother married her second husband, Clarence Haley, Judy and her brothers left the orphanage and moved back with them. Judy attended grade school at St. Joseph’s Orphanage. After graduating grade school and moving back with her mom, she attended Beaumont High School in St. Louis.
Judy married Everett “Smitty” Smith (deceased 45 years) Having 7 children, 5 boys and 2 girls, was a full-time job that kept Judy busy all day long and sometimes into the night. The Smiths were a family that loved camping, floating, and boating. In fact, they have been camping at the same place, Alley Springs, for over 50 years. With 7 kids it was a busy household, but despite that, Judy found time to play on a .Champion Women’s Softball Team in the late 60’s coached by her husband. Her surviving children are: Janet Wallace (Mark), Larry Smith (Lynnda), David Smith (Diana), Curt Smith (DeAnn), and Kenny Smith (Robyn). Two children preceded her in death, Steven Smith and Judy Bliss.
Judy loved family gatherings whenever it was possible to get everyone together. She especially enjoyed her son, Larry’s bar-b-que. Judy enjoyed cooking, some of her son’s favorite dishes are noodles and beef, and of course, salmon patties.
A well-known fact about Judy is that she loved fast food. She loved Jack-In-The-Box tacos, so much so that she didn’t need to place an order because it was always the same, which is why she received the nickname, “Taco Lady.”
Judy was described as a very laid-back person, trying not to take things too seriously. She loved to watch movies, especially any movie with Robert Redford or Kevin Costner. It’s safe to say she adored them.
The Kennedy Assassination was the one world event that was the most memorable for Judy and she read much about it.
Judy enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and going on Caribbean Cruises, but Branson seemed to be her favorite vacation destination. The most important things in Judy’s life were her family, faith, and her health. She especially loved her 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Judy was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Memorials may be made in Judith's name to Donor's Choice.