Florence Louise Smith
Florence Louise Smith
  • October 25, 1921 - June 17, 2014
  • Boonville, Missouri

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Florence “Flossie” Smith, 92 of Boonville, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Riverdell Care Center, Boonville.

Funeral services are at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church, 407 Spring Street, Boonville, Missouri with the Reverend Nick Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Thacher Funeral Home, 629 East Morgan Street, Boonville, Missouri.

Flossie was born on October 25, 1921 to Stanley & Alice Hartley in Audrain County, Missouri. She moved to Columbia at the age of 1 and lived there until 1940 when she moved to Centralia. She graduated from Centralia High School in 1940. Flossie married Ben N. Smith, Jr. on January 20, 1946 in Centralia and to this union one daughter was born. They moved to Boonville in 1948 where she lived until her death. Flossie worked as a secretary for the Superintendent of Schools office for 17 years and was infamous for her noisy and fashionable shoes and her sharp sense of humor. Ben & Flossie owned the Boonville Abstract Company from 1978 until 1996.

Flossie was a founding member of the Friends of Historic Boonville. Flossie & Ben where instrumental in the saving of Thespian Hall for the hometown they loved. She was a member of the Boonville Women’s Club, the Boonslick Historical Group and the Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church and was a past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Flossie was a devoted mother and grandmother and was a pioneer in women having careers and an infamous coconut shrimp addict. She was devoted to her small town with a “big city attitude”. She was passionate about preserving its history and insuring its success in the future. Flossie will be missed and shall always be watching over her beloved hometown.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Ben and their beloved daughter, Rebecca Lee Hudson Smith.

She is survived by her beloved granddaughter, Christine Louise Hudson and her many nieces and cousins.