INEZ FAY SMITH, 79 of Arthur, IL passed away at 12:00 A.M on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Arthur Church of Christ, 415 West 4th Street in Arthur, IL. Rev. Ron Bartanen will officiate. Burial will be held in the Friends Creek Cemetery in Argenta, IL around 12:30 P.M. on Saturday. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. on Saturday at the church. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Inez was born on February 24, 1937 in Tompkinsville, KY, in the hills and hollers of Monroe County. She was a daughter of Tobacco Farmer, Cordell Hull and Myrtle Elizabeth (Crowe) Gray. She married Stanley “Bud” Smith on October 27, 1956 in Argenta, IL. He passed away on March 2, 1974.
She is survived by three children; Teresa Pistorius (David) of Bloomington, IL, Trina Smith of Sophie, NC, and Charles Smith (Amelia) of Harristown, IL: five grandchildren, Josh Pistorius (Christine) of Bloomington, Justin Pistorius (Kelly) of Austin, TX, Ashlee Slayback (Josh) of Heyworth, IL, Stanley Smith of Harristown, IL and Haley Smith of Harristown, IL; six great-grandchildren, Kaytlyn, Caydence and Channing Pistorius, Cru and Ryan Pistorius and Gavin Slayback; and four sisters, Gwyn Hay, Jean McPherson and Linda Coulter all of Tompkinsville, KY and Nadene Ryherd of Arthur, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents her husband, two brothers, Nim Gray, and her twin brother Cortez Gray, and a great-granddaughter, Anna Jordan Slaback.
Inez was a member of the Arthur Church of Christ and the Argenta Women’s Club.
Inez had worked at General Electric for several years until moving to the farm and being a farmer and housewife. Later in life she worked as a housekeeper at Fairhaven Nursing Home in Decatur, IL, she then returned to her home in Kentucky where she took care of her mother while also working at the nursing home in Tompkinsville, KY, until she returned to Arthur where she has lived for the past 24 years.
Inez was a very loving and compassionate mother who spent most of her life doing for others. In her younger years she enjoyed her children and her garden. In her later years she loved her church and her grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Arthur Church of Christ.