Irene Smith, the daughter of Emmett and Nora (Turner) Vance, was born March 5, 1930, in Tarkio, Missouri. Irene attended Tarkio schools.

On March 5, 1948, Irene was united in marriage to Ira Paul Smith at his parents’ home outside of Hamburg, Iowa. They became the parents of three children, Carolyn Irene, Billy Paul, and Darrell Ray.

Irene was a homemaker where she raised and cared for her children. Later, they owned and operated the Dairy Fresh and the 59er Café, both on Highway 59 in Tarkio. Irene treated her customers like they were her family, knowing where they wanted to sit and what they wanted to eat.

At Irene’s passing, she was the oldest member of the Assembly of God Church in Tarkio, which she joined at an early age. Her family was her life. She enjoyed cooking for her family, especially making cherry pies with homemade ice cream. Irene was a hard worker and enjoyed keeping a perfect yard. Irene passed away Sunday, January 2, 2022, in Mesa, Arizona, at the age of 91.

Besides her parents and husband, Ira Paul, Irene was preceded in death by an infant daughter; siblings, Paul, Robert, Darrell and Norman Vance, Roberta Mae Vance, Margaret Hannah, Alice Campbell, and Dorothy Ballinger; and half siblings, Don and Roy Vance and Reva Wright. Survivors include children, Carolyn Irene Smith, Mesa, Billy Paul (Teresa) Smith, Tarkio, and Darrell Ray (Diana) Smith, Diamond, Missouri; grandchildren, Brett Patrick Smith, Dallas, Texas, Melanie Ann (David) Freeland, Los Angeles, California, Timothy Ray (Kristen) Smith, Gastonia, North Carolina, Travis Heath (Charla) Smith, Overland Park, Kansas, and Tyler Clay (Lindsey) Smith, Joplin, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Savanna, Dylan, Morgan, Kaden, Beckett, Luke, Emerson, Peyton, Maxwell, Bodhi, and Crosby; and siblings, David Vance, Tarkio, Evaline Riley, Fairfax, Missouri, Martha Gibbons, Platte City, Missouri, and Mary Hope, Tarkio; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio. Interment will take place at Home Cemetery, Tarkio. Pastor Kevin Smith will officiate. Open visitation begins at 9:00 a.m. Friday, January 14, at Davis Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service. Memorials may be directed to the Assembly of God Church, Tarkio. Online condolences may be made at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.