Memorial Services for Perry Arlene Smith, 81 of Belton, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, at First United Methodist Church in Temple with Pastor Don Moore officiating. Burial will be held prior at Resthaven Cemetery in Belton at 9:30 a.m.
Mrs. Smith passed from this life peacefully on Saturday, November 19, at a hospital in Georgetown while surrounded by her loving family.
Perry Arlene Smith was born May 6, 1935 in Del Rio, Texas to John Leo Barton and Arlene Smith Barton. She was a member of the graduating class of 1953 at Adamson High School in Dallas. She married the love her life, William A. Smith on January 28, 1954. In the summer 1981 they moved to the Belton area from Austin. For the past 17 years she attended First United Methodist Church of Temple.
She was an enthusiastic reader. She loved books of all types and read more books than could be counted. Perry enjoyed sewing, painting and was a great cook as well. Mrs. Smith loved all types of music from classical and opera such as Johann Sebastian Bach to gospel music like George Beverly Shea and even liked to listen to Neil Diamond, just to name a few of her favorites.
Mrs. Smith was a lifelong care giver. It did not matter if it was physical care or spiritual care she was willing to give attention to those who were in need. She sewed spiritual seeds in many people throughout her life. She had a magnetic personality that people were drawn to and once you became friends with Perry it was for life. To know her was to love her. Perry was a sweet soul that was loved by all who knew and loved her, she will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents.
Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her loving husband of almost 63 years, William A. Smith; son, Douglas Alan Smith and wife, Velma L. Smith; daughter, Cynthia Daun Smith and partner, Michael Gladu; grandchildren, Tera Daun Smith, Tammy Arlene Bounds, Barton Alan Smith, Felipe Hinojosa, Crystal Hinojosa, Jamie Barrera, Marisa Ramos; as well as 11 great-grandchildren.
There will be a time of visitation and fellowship on Monday, November 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home of Belton, 503 N. Main.
Harper-Talasek Funeral Home of Belton is in charge of arrangements.