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The daughter of Minta Edna Silva Hensley and Frank Nemeth Eloise Janetta (Nemeth) Smith, was born July 3, 1918, in Pitcher, Okla. and passed away October 27, 2005, at the age of 87 years, 3 months and 24 days. She was the daughter of Minta Edna Silva Hensley and Frank Nemeth.
Eloise married Fred Smith on September 16, 1933, in Yellville, Ark.
Eloise was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; parents, Minta and Frank; one granddaughter, Debra Kay Smith; one grandson, Terry Young; one great-granddaughter, Ivy James; four brothers, Tony Nemeth, Jack Hensley, Alex Nemeth and George Nemeth; two sisters, Bonnie Fisher and Bertha Wasylak; two son-in-laws, Roger Eccardt and Sonny James.
Survivors include her five children, Gavaughna Smith and husband Junie, Gainesville; Evalee Young and husband Ralph, Salem; Arlene Eccardt, Gainesville; Doris Coatney and husband Denver, Gainesville; and Delores James, Gainesville; ten grandchildren, Jeff Smith, Rogersville; Darin Smith, Gainesville; Cindy Campbell, Mtn. Home, Ark.; Cheryl Latham, Knoxville, Tenn.; Brian Eccardt, Peveley, Mo.; David Eccardt, Cedar Hill, Mo.; Marty Coatney, Gainesville; Paula Coatney, Gainesville; Katrina Amyx, Gainesville; and Heath James, Tecumseh. Eleven great-grandchildren, Colby Smith, Dustin Smith, Logan Smith, Shannon Robbins, Taylor Robbins, Chase Latham, Josh Eccardt, Seth Miller, Nathaniel Coatney, Sunni Amyx and Eli Amyx; one brother, Merle Hensley, Doniphan; two sisters, Gloria Bennett and Velma Spicer, both of Granite City, Ill.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, at the Gainesville Church of Christ, under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home of Gainesville, with Halbert Smith officiating.
Burial followed at Smith Chapel Cemetery