Claire enjoyed visiting casinos and playing bingo when she had the opportunity. She was a huge fan of cruises and traveling, visiting every state except North Dakota. Claire enjoyed helping people and was a registered nurse. She also had an agricultural degree from the University of Tennessee. While in school in Tennessee, she was the president of the Cow Belles, the ladies beef cattle association. Most of all, Claire was proud of her family and her faith. Even when sick at home, she would “go to Mass” every day on the television at 2:30. She will be greatly missed.
Claire was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Mary Johns, and Antoinette Smaldone; brother, Nicholas Virgilio; niece, Joann Greely; and two sons: Kenneth Wayne Smith and James Robert Smith.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 68 years, James Smith Jr; son, Michael Smith and wife Jonette of Republic, Missouri; son, David Smith of Springfield, Missouri; daughter, Laura Ann Ripperger of Branson, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Smith; grandchildren: Jim Hawkins, Brady Smith, Jennifer Lunds, Kent Smith, Tyler Smith, Trace Smith, Jacob Smith, Nicholas Smith, and Mackenzie Smith; great-grandchildren; Boston Hawkins and Haley Hawkins; step-grandchildren: Robert Stuckert, David Stuckert, and Traci Cameron; step-great-grandchildren: Madison Cameron, Cade Cameron, Logan Stuckert, and Lucas Stuckert.
A prayer service will be held 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Branson, Missouri with Father David Hulshof officiating. Burial will follow at 2:00 pm in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.