F. Juanita Chaney Smith, 88
Juanita Chaney Smith, 88, died April 9, 2020, at Springfield Villa Nursing Home in Springfield, from complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease. A visitation was held April 13 at Greenlawn Funeral Home-North in Springfield, and a private graveside service was held at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
She was born June 10, 1931, in Gainesville, the fourth child of Leonard and Hattie Wilson Chaney. She graduated from Gainesville High School in 1948 and attended Southwest Missouri State College (now Missouri State University) before teaching two years in the Pleasant Hill (Seed Tick) one-room school at Sycamore in Ozark County. On Dec. 24, 1950, in Gainesville, she married Theodore “Ted” Smith.
She became a Christian at the age of 25 and was a member of Boulevard Baptist Church before later joining National Heights Baptist Church. She was active in her church, having been involved with the Women’s Missionary Union, the nursery, Bible school and teaching first and second grade for 25 years. She cared for 41 foster children over the years and ran a home day-care, caring for a total of 35 children up until 2014.
Mrs. Smith loved to be outdoors. She walked her neighborhood, and she enjoyed working in her flower beds and getting out her spring flower pots. She was an avid MSU Lady Bears fan and attended games for years until her health declined. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Barbara Chaney James of Gainesville; three children, Sandy Dasal and Susan Moore and husband Bill, all of Springfield, and Doug Smith and wife Colleen of Edmond, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren, Josh Dasal, Ashley Dasal and Jessica Ingram, Tim Moore, Bryan Moore and Kimberly Moore, and Amber, Erica and Brittni Smith; six great-grandchildren, Heather, Hannah and Harmony Moore, Berkley and Lilly Ingram, and Felix Dasal; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ted; three sisters, Hattie Fay Chaney, Amy Clark and Ruby Spurlock; two brothers, Willard Chaney and Stanley Chaney.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Missouri Chapter, 3645 S. Ave., Springfield, MO 65807. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com.
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