Elizabeth M. “Betty” Smith, the daughter of Roy E. and Allie E. (Brown) Redfern, was born July 22, 1943, in Tarkio, Missouri. Betty attended Tarkio High School, Tarkio, graduating in 1961. Later that year, she began IBM Key Punch training.
On June 24, 1962, Betty was united in marriage to Robert D. “Bob” Smith at the First Baptist Church in Tarkio. They made their home in Tarkio and became the parents of one son, David.
Betty worked numerous jobs throughout her life including Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, Missouri, Tarkio Avalanche, Secretary for the Vice President of Admissions at Tarkio College, a clerk typist at Tarkio Health Center, Baer and Associates, and Broin and Associates and finally for Golden Triangle Energy, Craig, Missouri, as a bookkeeper, retiring in 2009. Since 1995, Betty was also employed part-time as a receptionist for Weight Watchers for numerous communities in the Northwest Missouri area.
Betty was a former member of Tarkio Ladies Golf Association. Betty passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at her home in Tarkio, at the age of 77.
Besides her parents, Betty was preceded in death by grandparents, Louis and Viola Redfern, and Ray and Alta Brown; sister-in-law, Trudy Redfern; and brother-in-law, Ron Archambault. Survivors include husband, Robert D. Smith, Tarkio; son, David (Gloria) Smith, Tarkio; granddaughter, Katie Smith, Tarkio; brothers, Jim Redfern, Overland Park, Kansas, Bob (Joyce) Redfern, Everett, Oregon, and Ed Redfern, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; sisters, Catherine Archambault, Stockton, Missouri, and Dianna (Chris) Kramer, Lenexa, Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Monday, March 29, 2021, at First Baptist Church, Tarkio. Interment was held at Home Cemetery, Tarkio. Rev. Glenn Scott officiated. Services were under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Tarkio Nutrition Center. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com.