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Shirley R. Smith

September 16, 1940 — October 22, 2015

Shirley R. Smith

Shirley R. “Rosie” Smith, 75, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson, KS. She was a homemaker.

Shirley was born on September 16, 1940, in McPherson, KS, the daughter of John J. and Edna W. (Christensen) Regier. She attended North Diamond Grade School in Galva, graduated from McPherson High School in 1958, and attended Brown Mackie Business College. Shirley was united in marriage to Billy Joe Smith on May 16, 1959, in Salina, KS.

She was a member of McPherson Hospital Volunteer Services.

Survivors include: her loving husband of 56 years, Billy Joe Smith, Sr. of the home; two sons, Steven Joe Smith and wife, Renee, of McPherson, KS and Billy Joe Smith, Jr. and wife, Angie, of Galva, KS; daughter, Dayna C. Needham and husband, Scot, of McPherson, KS; three brothers, Charles Regier of McPherson, KS, Johnny Keith Regier of Smithville, TX, Agnar Regier (Marlena) of McPherson, KS; sister, Merry Persinger of Mulvane, KS; six grandchildren, Wesston Smith (Amanda), Meghan Gehring (Reese), Kylie Schmidt, Abby Needham, Shane Smith, and Kelcie Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Colt Schmidt and Tatym Schmidt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Edna Regier; son, Tracy Joe Smith; sister, Betty Demieville; brother, Jack Regier; and grandson, Billy Joe Smith, III.

The funeral service will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Karen Rice Ratzlaff officiating. Burial will follow at McPherson Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday, Oct. 26, at Stockham Family Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Memorial donations may be given to Hess Fitness Center, McPherson or McPherson Hospital Volunteer Services in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Shirley R. Smith please visit our Sympathy Store.

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