Thelma Lucille Smith

March 1, 1937April 20, 2014

Thelma Lucille Smith, 77, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Regency Nursing Care Residence.

She was born on March 1, 1937 in Palmyra, IL, the daughter of the late Ralph and Lucille (Miller) Vance. She married Dean George Smith on Sept. 29, 1962 in Palmyra, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1987.

Mrs. Smith was a very active member of Cherry Hills Baptist Church and she also volunteered at the Washington Street Mission for several years.

She is survived by 2 sons Timothy (wife Sandra) Smith of Belle Foursche, SD, and Stephen (wife Tonya) Smith of Springfield; 2 grandchildren, Lisa and Jacob Smith; a sister Phyllis Kramer of Palmyra; 4 brothers, Donald (wife Irene) Vance of Shelbyville, IL, Norman (wife Janie) Vance of Palmyra, Coy (wife Brenda) Vance of Santa Maria, CA, and Kenneth Vance of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield, where visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 4 to 7 pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10 am at Cherry Hills Baptist Church, with Rev. Gary Nelsen officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Washington St. Mission.

Please visit the online obituary at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 24, 2014

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April 23, 2014

Steve and Tonya, Our sympathies are with you and your family at this difficult time. We hope you find respite in knowing that your beloved mother went to be with Jesus at Easter -- when we celebrate His gift of life eternal. She is receiving that gift now and in pain no longer. May God bless and comfort you, Reg and Diana

JoAnn & Nick Jiardina

April 23, 2014

Steve, Tonya, and the Smith Family,
We send our Sympathy and Hope that the Peace of The Lord fill your Hearts during this time. Our Prayers are with each of you.

April 22, 2014

Our deepest sympathies to the family. Steve and Tim, our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. With Love, Nancy & Ernie German

April 22, 2014

Sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your family Steve. May God comfort you at this sad time and give you peace. John and Carole Tego

April 21, 2014

I will cherish all the times I got to spend with Thelma in my heart. love and prayers. Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Eidson

Sandy Douthart

April 21, 2014

For the entire Smith family my heartfelt condolences during this sad time. Thelma was a dear lady. I did not get to spend much time with her but the time I did share with her was delightful. I know she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.