Lillie Beatrice (Bea) Smith, 91, of Columbia, died peacefully at her home March 10, surrounded by family, friends and her hospice caregivers.
Bea was born Lillie Beatrice Grant on July 1, 1921, to James Dorsey and Lillie Dea Grant. She married Glenn Thomas Smith on July 18, 1940, and he preceded her in death.
She is survived by one brother, Robert Eugene Grant, and wife, Idamarie; her daughters, Betty Gayle Smith and Joyce Ann Ardrey, both of Columbia; two granddaughters, Christine Crouch and husband, Jon, of Liberty, Mo., and Deidre Henry and husband, Matthew, of Columbia, as well as three great grandchildren, Meredith, Katie and Jett Crouch. Brothers Cecil, David and Elijah Grant preceded her in death, as well as two sisters, Mary Nall and Hazel Grant.
Bea and Glenn were native Boone Countians who spent their entire lives raising grain crops and livestock. They raised enormous gardens, and Bea preserved thousands of quarts of produce over the years. They farmed extensively in the Missouri River bottoms in the McBaine area. Over 2400 acres of their properties are now a part of Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area.
Bea was proud of her championship Angus cattle, which won statewide awards in the late 1930s. She was a lifelong member of Fairvew United Methodist Church. She was previously active in 4-H as a member and later, community project leader as well as being active in the Ophelia Shepherd and Strawn-O-Lite Extension Clubs. She was also a member of Eagle Lodge and Elk Lodge, as well as Monticello and Jefferson Clubs of the University of Missouri. She and Glenn were avid Tiger fans and held 50 yard line tickets for many years. She also took great satisfaction and pride in meeting and corresponding with many of the recipients of the agricultural scholarship she had endowed in memory of Glenn through MU’s CAFNR program.
The visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with funeral services at Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, to begin at 10 a.m. The family suggests that any memorials honoring Bea’s life be made to Butterfield Youth Services or Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com