Lela Provence

Thursday, January 9, 2003

ANNA, Ill. -- Lela Provence, 91, of Thayer, Mo., formerly of Anna, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at Shady Oaks Health Care Center in Thayer.

She was born Sept. 19, 1911, in Reliance, S.D., daughter of John and Lucy Eleanor Edwards Smithson. She and Kenneth Provence were married Sept. 29, 1927, in Murphysboro, Ill.

Survivors include a son, Ed Provence of Mesa, Ariz.; a sister, Billie Briner of Anna; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a son.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Anna City Cemetery.

Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.