Geraldine Farmer Smith, 94

Funeral services for Geraldine Farmer Smith, 94, or Rogersville, formerly of Ozark County, were held March 20, 2021, at J. D. Lee and Sons Funeral Home in Rogersville. Mrs. Smith died March 16 in Springfield.

She was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Gainesville, the daughter of Arnold H. and Lucy Shelton Farmer. She met Don Smith on his return from serving in World War II. After a short courtship, they were married on Nov. 13, 1945, in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She taught in a one-room country school and substitute taught while raising her family and attending college in the summer. Using her own car, she bused kids to the Upper Brixey School.

Mrs. Smith had been a resident of Rogersville for the past few years, moving there from Nixa. In Ozark County, she worked as a postal clerk with 25-plus years, retiring in 1988. She enjoyed cross stitch and embroidery, and she made several beautiful quilts. She was an accomplished seamstress, and she also enjoyed her flowers. But most of all, she  enjoyed being with her family and her church family. She also enjoyed the love, companionship and hours of entertainment of her cat Socks. 

Mrs. Smith was a talented musician; she never took classes but played by ear. She enjoyed many years of attending bluegrass festivals with her husband and had many, many cherished friends who were like family.

Survivors include two daughters, Mickey Van Ness of Rogersville and Galene Johnson and husband Delbert of Trinity, Texas; a son, Larry Smith and wife Mickey of Topeka, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Jerry, Jacqueline, Misty, Lisa, Terry, Dawn, Sabrina and their spouses; six great-grandchildren, Ryann, Coy, Warren, Thackery, Shyla and Ty; two great-grandchildren, Bryson and Colt; a sister-in-law, Donna “Toots” Farmer; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by Don Smith, her husband of 57 years; a sister, Norene and her husband Doyne; a brother Arnold D. Farmer; a son-in-law, Jack Van Ness; and other cherished family members.

Burial was at Smith Chapel Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

J. D. Lee and Sons Funeral Home, Rogersville, directors.

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