Elm Ridge Funeral Home & Memorial Park

4600 W. Kilgore Ave, Muncie, IN


Hessie B Smith

August 3, 1931March 15, 2020
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ALBANY—Hessie B. Smith, 88, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at her home surrounded by family.

Hessie was born Monday, August 3, 1931, in Fentress County, Tennessee, the daughter of Roscoe and Mary Ellen (Harding) Cook. Hessie was known for her generous kindness. It was a Holiday tradition for Hessie and her husband, Lenard to make peanut brittle for their family and friends and for many years they grew tomatoes not only for themselves, and family, friends, and their community. Hessie was a devoted member of the Riverview United Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, crocheting, and was an avid Ball State University basketball fan. Hessie retired from the Ball State University Housing and Residence Life Department.

Survivors include her husband of seventy-two years, Lenard; son, Jerry of Muncie; grandchildren, Matt Smith (Karen) of Burke, Virginia, Jolene Monteilh (Ed) of Cumming, Georgia, Rachel Seaton (Keith) of Collierville, Tennessee, and Adam Smith (Jenny) of Leo, Indiana; great-grandchildren, Carter, Noah, Avery Smith; Devynn, Gavin, Evan Monteilh; Hallie, Addison, and Katelyn Seaton; Isaac, Jordan and Silas Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters and recently by her son, Larry and his wife, Cynthia.

Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, 4600 West Kilgore Avenue, Muncie, Indiana 47304 with Pastor Carl Goad officiating. Entombment will follow in Elm Ridge Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Family and friends may call at Elm Ridge Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Thursday.

Online condolences to the family may be sent to www.elmridgefuneralhome.com.


  • Calling Hours: Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Funeral Service: Thursday, March 19, 2020


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Amber Loveless

March 25, 2020

Lenard ,
Myself, Caitlyn, Landyn and Cain are so very sorry about Hessie! We will miss her ! She was always so kind to the kids at church and outside of church when we lived in Albany ! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vicki Pittenger Reade

March 18, 2020

Lenard, Jerry and family. I am so sorry to learn of Mrs. Smith's passing. I feel like I have known your family my entire life, first as Larry's mom and dad....but later as the best place around to buy "good old home grown tomatoes". I always loved stopping to buy and catching up at the same time. Your family has been through so much loss recently my heart aches for you. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Amy Delk Crain

March 17, 2020

Prayer for peace and comfort for the family. Always loved when they would visit the farm or when we would go to visit them. She will be greatly missed.

Carol Kidd

March 17, 2020

Hessie and Lenard, two wonderful people. I worked with Hessie at Ball State, I also remember the delicious tomatoes from their garden. When I had my back surgery many years ago they picked me up from the hospital and took me to get my medicine. The last time I saw them at the Sunshine cafe Lenard bought my lunch. Saying lots of prayers for Lenard and the family

Brenda Grice

March 17, 2020

I remember Lenard and Hessie coming into Ross North Supermarket when I worked there. They were always so friendly. Later when I went to work at STAR Financial they came into the branch I worked at too. I will miss seeing Hessie.