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Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel & Parkview Cemetery

2021 North University Street, Peoria, IL

OBITUARY

Colleen Elizabeth Smith

November 12, 1927January 11, 2020
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Colleen Elizabeth Smith, age 92, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, January 11, 2020. She was surrounded by her loving family during her last days on earth. Colleen spent the last two years of her life in Davenport, Iowa, but had also resided in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Ann Arbor, Michigan since 2008. She was born on November 12, 1927 in Avon, Illinois, to Walter James Krahl and Myrtle (Wilkins) Krahl.

She is survived by one sister, Jewel Bordner; five children; sons, Mark (Maria) Smith, Leslie Smith, Maris Todd Smith; daughters, Lorene (Barry) Traver, Brenda (Brad) Smart; 18 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Preceding Colleen in death are her parents, her husband, Robert Louis Smith; two sisters; Carol Murray, and Eris Bundren-Knakmuhs, and one brother; Tommy Krahl.

Colleen held degrees from Fort Wayne Bible College (now Taylor University) and from Saint Francis College, Fort Wayne (bachelors and masters). She will be long remembered for her outgoing friendliness and her long term dedication as an award winning Avon cosmetics representative. She loved Jesus Christ and made a point to share her faith wherever and whenever possible.

Funeral services for Colleen will be at 11:00AM on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, 2021 N. University Street, Peoria, IL 61604. Visitation will one hour prior. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Colleen’s remembrance, to Samaritans Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. Website: www.samaritanspurse.org. Online condolences may be submitted to www.davison-fulton.com.

Services

18 January

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel


Peoria, Illinois

18 January

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel


Peoria, Illinois

Memories

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Amanda Adams

January 17, 2020

I am so grateful for the time we had to spend with our dear Grandma. She will forever be loved, missed and remembered.

Brenda Smart

January 16, 2020

Brad Smart

January 16, 2020

Wordsworth’s “Phantom…” as referenced in Robert Louis Smith’s Letter to Colleen Elizabeth Smith, on her 70th Birthday

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She Was a Phantom of Delight
By William Wordsworth

She was a Phantom of delight
When first she gleamed upon my sight;
A lovely Apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament;
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;
Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful Dawn;
A dancing Shape, an Image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and way-lay.

I saw her upon nearer view,
A Spirit, yet a Woman too!
Her household motions light and free,
And steps of virgin-liberty;
A countenance in which did meet
Sweet records, promises as sweet;
A Creature not too bright or good
For human nature's daily food;
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.

And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A Being breathing thoughtful breath,
A Traveler between life and death;
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly planned,
To warn, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright
With something of angelic light.

Brad Smart

January 15, 2020

Robert Louis Smith’s Letter to Colleen Elizabeth Smith, on her 70th Birthday, November 12, 1997

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To Colleen, who for over 50 yrs. has endured the peculiar quirks of my nature and complemented them so well with her very feminine and often superior own, I want to tell her of my simple gratitude. Where I have often felt weak, you have shown yourself strong, where I’ve been puzzled you were decisive, where I’ve cowered you have been bold with outgoing friendliness.

And in the face of all this brief summary I admit that your occasional complaints have been justified and noted and made a part of my resolves to never cease trying to improve. And who knows but that some real upward change may have, hopefully, already occurred; to brighten your expectations, and God’s, and mine.

Your aggressive Christian optimism has been amazing and practical, against every obstacle whether stroke, eye surgeries, illnesses, and other losses and disappointments. You’ve been so like the woman of Proverbs 31. But you have some of the same faults as Wordsworth’s “Phantom…” which then and now needs little correction. Happy 70. Yours, with Love

Joe and Sharon Rosa

January 15, 2020

The home-going of a Godly parent is such a mixture of sorrow, tinged with joy. Mrs. Smith shared the love of Jesus with all those around her, and now Jesus is sharing His eternal life with her. Memories of seeing her at Wescove are always accompanied by blessings because of her friendliness and encouragement. We send our love, prayers and sympathy to Mark, Lorene, Todd, Les, and Brenda. We are far away in Ukraine, but in spirit we sorrow and rejoice with you.

Mark Smith

January 15, 2020

The day before my mom died; I prayed for her healing, but I also prayed that our God would end her suffering also. That what-ever His will is, one way or another, that it was good.
My mother fell into a deep sleep the next morning with the family by her side, and she then passed away from this life — and into our Lords presence at 1:56 pm Saturday afternoon.
The people of Hospice were surprised at how rapidly she died, stating how unusual this was, that it was so quick.
With this, I was at peace and yet sad at how quickly God wanted her in his presence. I will miss her just as I miss my dad. Sad for me but glorious for her.
She took her last breath in this life and took her first glorious gasp at the beauty of God’s wonderful welcoming into His Kingdom, with the chorus of all the angels and all His Saints — now singing hymns of of praise and welcome, With God stating; “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master,” just as my mother finally came home.

The verse quoted was from
Matthew 25:22.

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