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Mary Oleta Smith

Mary (Oleta) Smith, 104, formerly of Dumas, passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 in Waco after having a stroke. Visitation will be Friday, October 22, 2021 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Beeson-Morrison Funeral Directors and Celebration of Life Service at 11 am at First Baptist Church, Dumas, TX with Pastor Matt Price officiating. Burial will follow at Northlawn Memorial Gardens.She was born June 20, 1917, in Lockney, TX to Edwin W & Elizabeth Goins Thornton, she was one of 5 siblings. She graduated from Lockney High in 1935, then married her high school sweetheart, Ben Smith in 1936. They were blessed with two children, Evylena and Warren. Ben and Oleta had 51 years together. Oleta was a wife, mother, homemaker, church worker and always ready to be of help to anyone. They lived in Texas City, TX in 1947 when the horrible explosion occurred. It was a terrible experience to bury so many friends within a few days and to endure that trauma. Ben was transferred to Dumas in 1948 with El Paso Natural Gas which gave them 12 great years there. They made many great friends with moving as Ben was transferred from plant to plant—Aneth at Montezuma Creek, UT on the Navajo Reservation-Gallup, NM, Midkiff, TX, Grand Falls, TX, Kermit, TX. At retirement in 1981, they were able to move to beautiful Vallecito, CO until 1988 when they moved back to Dumas due to the “high altitude”. Oleta was legally blind and hearing impaired but stayed active. She enjoyed volunteering at the Gift Shop at the Moore County Memorial Hospital. She was active in the church and especially enjoyed singing with the Happy Timers, her Sunday School class, and able to travel on tours. Another highlight of her life was being involved with the Moore County Senior Center.She loved to travel the beautiful United States. One of things on her bucket list was to visit Washington, D.C. That was accomplished in 2005 for a week to see many historical places, especially the Vietnam Wall, the National Cemetery, and the Changing of the Guards. If you knew her, you knew she was an avid Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboy fan. She attended her first Ranger game at the age of 95 and tried to see the other ones on TV. She was preceded in death by her husband, son Warren, her parents and her four siblings.She is survived by her daughter, Evylena (Dick) Waldren, Debra Waldren, David (Stacie) Waldren, grandchildren Ben & Hadley Waldren, sisters-in-law Naoma, Vera, & Sue Thornton, several nieces, nephews and dear friends. Pallbearers are nephews Jack Rhine, Danny Rhine, Terrell Thornton, Howard Patton, great-grandson Ben Waldren, Special Friend Mike Milligan. The family suggest memorials be made to Moore County Senior Center P.O. Box 2114, Dumas, TX or the Texas Talking Books, P.O. Box 12516, Austin, TX 78711-2516.

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Community Healthcare of Texas Oct 26 2021 12:00 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss; She was an amazing person and I am thankful I was able to meet her. You are in my thoughts and prayers, love, Sonya Morrison

Sonya Morrison Oct 21 2021 12:00 AM

I am so saddened to hear this news. I had the privilege of waiting on Oleta at the bank in Dumas and getting to know her. She was a precious and amazing lady. My deepest sympathy to her family. Anita McDowell

Anita McDowell Oct 20 2021 12:00 AM

Words cannot express my feelings at this great loss and void in all of our lives. One of the latest-photos in my 1956 album of Tom's class is just last month when Evylena brought her mother to Amarillo and Dumas for a visit. My mother, Ima Jean Green and I took Oleta many miles to Vietnam and Veterans' Day celebrations in the Dumas and Amarillo areas; when Mother passed away, I continued taking her as Warren was a dear friend of mine. She was a fine Christian lady in-spite-of her many obstacles and in-the-car first when she heard go. May God bless each of her family members as you grieve-as-you must, not-as-others will tell you is right, wrong or indifferent. Evylena and Debra, thank you for being so-faithful. Jackie

Jackie Green Sheldon Oct 20 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Smith

Jackie Green Sheldon Oct 20 2021 12:00 AM

Words cannot express my feelings at this great loss and void in all of our lives. One of the latest-photos in my 1956 album of Tom's class is just last month when Evylena brought her mother to Amarillo and Dumas for a visit. My mother, Ima Jean Green and I took Oleta ma...

Jackie Green Sheldon Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Beeson - Morrison Funeral Directors

A Memorial Tree was planted for Mary Oleta Smith Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM