Marlene Jeanette Beane Smith, 86, of Russell Springs, KY, daughter of the late Oris & Agnes Smith Beane, was born on Friday, December 25, 1931 at Webbs Cross Roads in Russell County, KY and departed this life on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, KY.
She united in marriage to Carlie Earl Smith on October 22, 1949, he preceded her in death on July 31, 2005.
Mrs. Smith was also preceded in death by a daughter, Rhonda Kay Smith Kuschmierz, in 1991; her life-long best friend Mrs. Vatis Kinnett (Orby) Foley in 2009, and a brother-in-law Urias "Deedle" Stephens Jr. in 2014.
She graduated from Russell County High School and was the Valedictorian of the class of 1949. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
1 daughter: Jennifer (Joey) Edwards of Rockford, MI
2 sons: Ron (Faith) Smith of Muncie, IN; and Darryl (Judy) Smith of Jamestown, KY
1 sister: LaVerne Stephens of Eli, KY
6 grandchildren: Kristopher (Casey) Winningham, Kassandra (John) Flanagan, Ryan Trevino, Jacqueline (Guillermo) Pachik, Meghan (Jason) Edwards and Chrystal Buyaki
Special friend & sister-in-law: Vontrice Smith Brown of Selma, IN
A host of nieces, nephews, cousins & other relatives
Special friends & neighbors: Phyllis Barnes and Ruthell Slack of Elizabethtown, KY
In keeping with the family's request, her body was donated for medical research in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Arrangements were facilitated by Medcure. Upon completion of her contribution, she will be cremated and her remains will be interred in the Russell Springs City Cemetery next to her beloved husband and daughter.
There will be NO visitation or other formal funeral services, with a graveside memorial service to be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hosparus Health of Central Kentucky or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.