Nilah Jo Smith

January 6, 1932March 21, 2021

Nilah Jo Hill Smith, 89, of Odessa, TX passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021. She was born in Big Spring to Robert Hill and Emma (Choate) Hill, who preceded her in death.

After her graduation from Big Spring High School, Jo married James C. “Red” Smith in January of 1953. They were married until his death in 1973. She worked as a bookkeeper until she retired. Being the strong woman and hard worker that she was, Jo continued to work as a bookkeeper for local charities even after her retirement. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing Bingo.

She is survived by her son, Chad D. Smith and daughter-in-law Teresa Ball-Smith; grandson, Wyatt Smith; brother, Billy R. Hill of Scottsdale, AZ; and sisters, Virginia Ziemer of Richardson, Barbara Duncan of Abilene, and Jane Swafford of Granbury.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 2 PM at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Dr. Jimmy Braswell officiating.

The Smith family is very grateful for the help of Jo’s many friends and the wonderful care she received at Medical Center Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you to consider making a memorial donation to the Odessa Westside Lions Club, PO Box 69407, Odessa, TX 79768.


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021


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Alice Ziemer

March 30, 2021

We are missing our sister/aunt and friend. Jo was kind and loving. She told the best stories and made us laugh, and she gave the best hugs. Love you, Jo! Sending all of her family and friends a virtual hug!

Heather Rose

March 30, 2021

Always had a smile on her face and one of the sweetest people you could ever meet . Always in our hearts . 🙏❤️