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     Zoe F. "Smitty" Lee passed away at her home on Wednesday morning, July 20, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Richard J. Lee, and her younger siblings, Olivia Thudium, Bill Smith and his wife Eleanor.

      She will forever be remembered by a large, loving family as well as a host of close friends, former patients, students and co-workers, as well as wonderful neighbors and caregivers.

      Survivors include her brother Otto "Bud" &  Eva Smith; her sister, Lucille & Don Riepe; brother-in-law Gene Thudium; sister-in-law June & Ray Rowland; sister-in-law Ruth Anne Erwin; daughter Kerry & John Divine of Joplin; son Richard H. & Susan Lee of Springfield, MO; daughter Kenda & Dr. Gary Corcoran, Plymouth, NH; and daughter Kristy & Don Greer of Independence, MO; as well as her grandchildren, Rich C. & Grace Lee and their children, Joshua, Isaac, Charis, Micah & Zachry, Triesa (Lee) & Bradon Massey; Seth Divine; Cara (Lee) & Aaron Rose and their son, Liam; Kellee Divine; Kendra Greer, Kris Greer; Sean Corcoran; Ryan & Samantha Corcoran; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

     Smitty was born May 22, 1927, in Brookfield, MO to Bert & Roe (Gamble) Smith. She graduated Brookfield High School in May 1945 and completed three years of nurses training through the US Cadet Nurse Corp.  After marrying Richard and graduating from Kansas City Nursing School as a  Registered Nurse in 1948 she moved to Barton County where she worked at Barton County Memorial Hospital for 23 years.  She then taught health occupations at the Lamar Vo-Tech from 1972 until 1986.

      Always active in her community, Smitty served as Meals-on-Wheels Coordinator and Red Cross Bloodmobile Coordinator, and was a board member of Barton County Memorial Hospital where she was inducted into the Hall Of Fame.  Her family enjoyed years of fun with their Christmas Tree Farm, but her passion was nursing. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church.

     Visitation will be held in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Lamar at 1301  E. 6th Street on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm.  The graveside farewell will be at Lake Cemetery, Lamar.

     Contributions are suggested to TATS, Barton County Senior Center, or the Historical Society in care of Daniel Funeral Home, 1201 Broadway, Lamar, MO  64759.


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#17 Lamar,MOStephanie Desbien-Wright and f 2011-09-05 23:59
Losing Smitty was one if the saddest days for myself and my parents as well. She was truly a gift to us when we moved here 30 years ago. She quickly became a wonderful part of our lives! She was an "honorary grandmother" at my wedding and with me thru the birth of my daughter Kortni. She was a huge inspiration to me as I completed my nursing degree.She was always there to listen and give me advise thru the years. I loved her so very much. Wishing your family comfort during your time of loss. She will be missed by all who knew her. She touched so many lives! God bless you all!
#16 AZGene S. Martin 2011-08-02 00:59
Richard, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mom was a great lady.
#15 maksimbary 2011-08-01 08:49
i want to go to daniel funeral home right now.
#14 Cynthiana, KyLarry Wiley 2011-07-27 18:05
Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was a very kind lady, and I had deep respect for her.
#13 Jasper, MOCindy and Darrell Kentner 2011-07-25 09:01
We are truly sorry for your loss. May God grant you comfort and peace during this time. You are in our prayers.
#12 Liberal, MOCarol Hanshaw 2011-07-25 08:17
I can't tell you how much my heart ached when I heard about the passing of my friend! She was a special lady whose passion was helping others. She was so proud of her husband, children and grandchildren and fiercely loved each one. Proverbs 31:28 -30 says 'Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. . .a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.' What a legacy to leave to her family.
#11 Lamar, MODavid and Barb Thrasher 2011-07-25 08:10
Lee family, Your mother (and father) showed my family many kindnesses through the years that will never be forgottem. Truly, your parents reflected God's great love for us in the way they conducted their lives and you felt better just by being in their presence. Kristy, you have your mother's sweet smile. She will be missed. We send our love and sympathy.
The Thrasher family, David, Barb & Tai
#10 Houston, TexasPam Johnston Eckhardt 2011-07-24 05:11
Oh...the things we remember...
Smitty went with my mother to the hospital to give birth to my brother; I stayed with Kerry and her father at their home. My brother is almost 58 years old...
My prayers are with all of you...
#9 Liberal, MONancy Marti 2011-07-23 05:22
My deepest sympathy to Richard and the entire family... Smitty was truly a wonderful and caring lady, and her smile was definitely worth 1,000 words. My parents knew her well, and had many nice things to say about her, and I learned first-hand about her and the gifts of comfort, compassion, and healing she was blessed with by our Heavenly Father. May you all find comfort in knowing how many lives she touched in such positive ways, and in the realization of being with her again one day. God bless and keep you all.

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