Motell Smith

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sikeston, Mo. — Motell B. Smith, 89, of Sikeston died Saturday, March 8, 2008, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 31, 1919, in New Madrid County, Mo., daughter of Spurlin and Birdie Duke Beck Sr. She and Roland Smith were married May 13, 1941. He died Jan. 1, 1992.

Smith was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, William Beck Smith of Sikeston, Clifford Smith of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Sara Azbun of Kennett, Mo.; two brothers, Spurlin Beck Jr. of Sikeston, Joe Beck of Okeechobee, Fla.; two sisters, Thelma McDonald and Jewel Harber of Sikeston; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service today at Ponder Funeral Home.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dolan Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery.