Loretta Smith

CENTRALIA — Loretta Smith, 73, of Centralia, IL passed away December 9, 2020, at SSM of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was born October 1, 1947, in Salem to William Q. and Eleanora Fae (Miller) Meadows.

Loretta was all about her family. She loved to cook for them and made the very best chicken and dumplings ever according to her children. She loved the St. Louis Cardinals, and playing bingo was important to her. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was married to Larry A. Easley in 1962 and he preceded her in death in 1983. She then married Morris E. Smith, October 3, 1983, in Missouri and he preceded her in death on August 18, 2020.

Surviving are her children, Stacey (Debbie French) Easley of Iuka, IL, Randy (Michael Cash) Easley of Centralia, Il. William Joe Easley of Iuka, IL, Lisa (Doug) Grimes of Centralia, IL, Robin (Mindy Recar) Easley of Centralia, IL and Cindy (Randy) Webb of Salem, IL along with several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Also left to mourn his passing are siblings Billy (Helen) Meadows, Dino Meadow, Genie Cole, Aletta (Clyde) Miracle and Pat (Ron) Arnold all of Salem, IL and several nieces and nephews, along with her mother-in-law, Ruth Johnson and sister-in-law Belle Goodwin both of Herrin.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she is preceded in death by a sister Alice Lawson, granddaughter Amber Easley and great-grandson Ethaniel “Bean” Smith.

Funeral services will be 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Calvary Baptist Church in Salem. Burial will take place at a later date. It is imperative those attending the services wear a face mask and practice social distancing due to recent health concerns.

Visiting hours will be from 5:00 pm until the service hour at the church on Monday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted by the Sutherland – Rankin Funeral Home, 310 N. Broadway P.O. Box 97, Salem, IL 62881 618-548-1234, entrusted with the family’s care.

Online expressions of sympathy may be left at sutherlandfuneralhome.com.