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June 6, 2014

Velva Juanita Smith

McALESTER — Velva Juanita Smith, 91, of McAlester, died May 31, 2014, at McAlester Regional Health Center.

Memorial services will be conducted by the family at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with Pastor Rodney Briggs officiating.

All other arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home

Smith was born Jan. 1, 1923, at Tuskahoma. She was the daughter of Charles F. and Leah M. (Phillips) Long. She was raised and received her early education in Buffalo Valley. She attended Eastern Oklahoma State College at Wilburton. She graduated from East Central University in Ada earning a B.A. She married Nathan W. Smith, in 1952, in McAlester. She retired from McAlester Public Schools having taught at Eugene Field Elementary School. She was a member of First Baptist Church in McAlester and served as a nursery volunteer for many years. She had been a McAlester resident for more than 60 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Natalie Smith-Edwards, of McAlester; sister, Aleen Bledsoe, of McAlester; granddaughter, Shambri Sewell, and Brad Dalpoas, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nephews, Danny Long, and wife, Sarah, of Conroe, Texas; Tom Bledsoe, and wife, Lynn, of McAlester, and Carl Bledsoe, and wife, Jan, of Palmdale, California; nieces, Patti Green, and husband, David, of McAlester, Judy Long and Ladonna Long; and numerous other family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Leah Long; husband, Nathan Smith; sister, Arlene Richardson and Brother Frank Long.


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