Reita Lynn Smith,82, passed from this life to her heavenly home on October 8, 2021, at the North Texas Medical Center surrounded by her family.
Reita was born on July 28, 1939, in Gainesville, TX to Osie and Jewell Murray. She married Paul Smith on July 21, 1959.
She was in the Gainesville High School Class of 1957. She worked for Linda Jo Shoe Factory as a home shoe lacer. Then she started babysitting kids in her home. She loved those kids like they were her own. Even after those kids grew up, they remained a special part of her life. Christmas was her favorite time of the year. Having everyone over and watching her family open gifts meant everything to her. The laughter sounds of paper ripping and the delicious smell of food coming from the kitchen made for the perfect morning and if you were lucky enough to get to eat her homemade cornbread dressing, you were indeed blessed. It was a stable every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Even in her later years when it became difficult for her to walk, she would make her dressing because she loved her family, and we sure loved her dressing.
Reita attended Central Baptist Church for over 50 years. She accepted Jesus as her savior at a young age and her hope and many prayers was that her family would do the same. Reita was a beautiful soul who was devoted to God and her family. She was a beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed here on earth, but we know she is rejoicing in heaven with Jesus, and we will see her again.
Reita is preceded in death by her parents Osie and Jewell Murray. Her husband Paul Smith. Her sisters Dean Childress and Jane Foster and brothers-in-law Paul Childress and Lloyd Foster.
She is survived by her son Kevin Smith; son Darrin Smith and wife Amy Smith; daughter Kelly Smith; sister Linda Marion and husband Larry Marion; brother Phillp Murray and wife Nancy Murray; brother Ronnie Murray and wife Nancy Murray. Granddaughter Tori Hill and husband Jarrid Hill; grandsons Matt Smith and Brandon Smith; great-grandsons Gage and Gavin Hill.
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 11, 2021, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville, TX. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 10:00 AM at the Meador Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matt Smith, Brandon Smith, Jarrid Hill, Jordan Hall, Derick Murray and Brett Marion.