Funeral service for Martha (Jean) Smith, age 75, of Fayetteville, will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Booneville Cemetery. Mrs. Smith passed away Sunday evening at Donalson Care Center.
A native of Walker County, AL, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Martha Harbin Ennis. She was an administrative assistant for the AEDC, and an active member of Mulberry Baptist Church for over 40 years. Mrs. Smith was an avid quilter and member of the Lincoln County Piece Makers, loved to cook and travel. She has been to every state in the country and parts of Europe.
Survivors include her husband Manley Edward Smith of Fayetteville, daughter Shelia S. Knight of Murfreesboro, TN, step-children Deborah Smith Eiby of Copenhagen, Denmark, Thomas Edward Smith, Virginia Ruth Bartz both of Odenville, AL, granddaughter Lydia Marie Knight, step-grandchildren Mikkel Eiby, Ronja Eiby, Niki Harrell, Kara Bartz, Caleb Bartz, Elise Bartz, Skye Bartz, great granddaughter Gretchen Harrell, sister Gay Dooley of Millington, TN, brothers James Ennis of Navoo, AL, Lee Ennis of Empire, AL and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Joseph Edward “Buddy” Smith.
Visitation with the family will be Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home.
I am so sorry I did not see the notice until after the service. I worked with Jean for many years at AEDC. She was a very wonderful, very caring, very competent person. I would have been proud to acknowledge that by being there.
Jean was such a wonderful sweet person. I met her 9 years ago when I first moved to Fayetteville and joined the local quilt guild. She was such fun to be around, was very gifted and made beautiful quilts. She always had a smile on her face. She will be truely missed. My prayers are with the family.
Our beautiful Aunt Jean. I miss your phone calls of encouragement and letters of love. I know you are surrounded by love.
My prayers are with your family, for peace and comfort over Jean’s passing. As you well know she was dedicated and thorough in all she did. I very much appreciated our years together at AEDC as she helped raise me on how an engineer and manager should perform. We will miss her smile at Christmas dinners for times to come.
Peace and Grace through Christ
Edd. You and your family have our sorrow and sympathy.We remembered jean as a wonderful lady and person. May she be with god in his love
Edd.You and your family have our sorrow and sympathy.We remembered Jean as a wonderful lady and person,May she be with God in his Love
Jean taught me many things about quilting that I would not have known, otherwise. You two camped next to us for several years and were the best neighbors we could have asked for. Ed, be comforted in that Jean was a wonderful person and the world will ALL miss her. Take care. Nancy
We will long remember all the years and events that we shared with Jean and Ed and their families…such joy to be around her…she made you feel welcomed always. Her smile and friendly chats, she made you feel more than welcomed. Her skills at cooking were renown…her quilting was the best I had ever seen and she displayed them for all to see and enjoy especially at Christmas. She was always full of joy at every gathering. What a servant of us, her friends and of course to God. We are so sadden by her leaving us, but know there is no more pain and suffering and God has a resting place for her. God Bless her memory.
Sunday night heaven received a new angel. My good friend Jean entered heaven at 6:45 pm. Today Jean is dancing in heaven. Jean, set another place at the table for I will see you again some day. Dear Ed and family, please know that Jean is well now. We are here for you.
We love you Smith family.
Jean was such a wonderful loving lady. She was always doing something for her family, friends and neighbors. She will be missed by many that knew and loved her! God of the Bible please be with Jean’s family during this time of loss.
Jean was a wonderful person. I will never forget her.
We will be thinking of you in the days
ahead. We only got to know Jean
for a short time, but found her to be
a wonderful person, the kind that you
would like to be around all the time.
You both were excellent cooks. We
will always remember the breakfast
you all prepared for us one morning
while we were camping in Dunnellon.
The good ole times we had with you
camping, eating and “strolling” the
campground. Jean always remembered
us at Christmas with her sweet cards
and wonderful notes.
Thinking of you,
Morgan and Hilda Fraley