Donna L. Smith

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ALEXANDRIA - Donna L. (Perry) Smith, 96, went to her heavenly home from the Rawlins House in Pendleton on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, following an extended illness.
She was born May 17, 1922, in Anderson, to Lewis Andrew and Bertha Blanche (Osborne) Perry, and has lived in Alexandria for more than 60 years.
On March 16, 1941, she married William C. "Smitty" Smith whom she laid to rest on Dec. 8, 2006, after 65 years of marriage.
Donna had worked in food service at the 9-35 Truck Stop alongside her mother-in-law, at Don's Bar-B-Que, formerly of Anderson, and Anderson College. She attended and was a founding member of Riverview Church of Christ in Christian Union in Alexandria where she was also pianist. She played and sang with many gospel groups throughout the years. Having taught herself to play piano as a child, piano music remained an important part of her life, and she continued to delight and inspire with her unique talent as recently as Christmas of 2017.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen (Maurice) Beaulieu, Alexandria, and Martha (Gus) Clark, Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Irene (Richard) Brass-Crossville, Tennessee, Sara Clark in San Diego, California, Laura (Drew) Flood in Moore, Oklahoma, Katie Clark in Greenwood; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William in 2006; daughter, Linda Wilson; three brothers; and a sister.
Services honoring Donna's life, legacy and faith will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Owens Funeral Home, 412 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, with Pastor Tim Cunningham officiating. Cremation will follow the services with private interment of cremains in Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Humane Society or to Riverview Church of Christ in Christian Union with envelopes available at the funeral home.
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Published on January 14, 2019
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