Ella Belle Smith Baker

August 22, 1919November 6, 2011

Ella Belle Smith Baker, 92 of Van Buren passed away Sunday, November 6, 2011. She was born August 22, 1919 in Monroe, Oklahoma to the late Otha and Tinnie Smith. She was a member of the Baptist Faith and a Homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray A. Baker.

Private services and interment are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.

She is survived by her daughter Annette Baker of Van Buren, son Richard Baker and his wife Jackie of Fort Smith; four grandchildren: Randall Shaw of Kennesaw, GA and Sabra Shaw of Montogomery, IL and Dalton and Dax Baker both of Fort Smith, one great grandson Patrick Shaw Kennesaw, GA. She is also survived by two brothers Estle Smith of Okmulgee, OK and Elgin Smith of Kingman, AZ.

Pallbearers will be Randall Shaw, Dalton Baker, Dax Baker, Kevin Treece, Dennis Geren, and Wes Robertson.

Memorials may be sent to Susan G. Komen for the Cure online at or by mail at P. O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309


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Cheryl Gandee

November 21, 2011

Rick and Annette,
I was sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I so enjoyed her and our time in growing up together. I remember fondly, the time we shared in our youth and the stories that are now told that we will never live down. It is so vivid in my mind of sitting on the porch at Sis' and watching our parents and aunts and uncles all commiserate. The Smiths were quite a group all together. I'm sorry I couldn't be there but know that you understand. Love to you both. Cheryl (Smith) Gandee

November 11, 2011

So sorry for the loss of your sweet mother and grandmother.May God Bless and comfort all.
Love Racine and Mary Beth

November 10, 2011

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and hope to be with you soon.
Gary Rainwater
Karen Turman