Gloria R. Smith

Gloria Smith, 89, of Evansville, formerly of Decatur and Findlay, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Deaconness Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born on April 19, 1928 in Adams County to Harve and Lola (Parr) Riesen. She was married on April 12, 1952 to John L. Smith.

She graduated from Berne High School in 1946 and Indiana University in 1952, where she was an active member of her much beloved Chi Omega Sorority. She was a teacher at Bluffton High School and Adams Central High School in Monroe. She was a member of Crossroads Church in Evansville and previously at St. Marks Methodist Church in Decatur. She remained active on the Chi Omega board at Indiana University until her passing.

She is survived two daughters, Lana J. McCleary of Atlanta, Georgia; and Laurel L. (Larry) Oscar of Cumming, Georgia; two sons, John L. (Ann) Smith of Evansville; and Les J. (Cindy) Smith of Anthem, Arizona; and ten grandchildren, Matthew, Josh, Jeremy, Kristen and Jennifer McCleary, all of Atlanta, Georgia; Katie (Smith) Waits; Andrea (Smith) Cantrell; and Elizabeth Smith, all of Evansville; Jay Smith of Indianapolis; and Sara Smith of Anthem, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son, Lynn Jay Smith; son-in-law, Rick McCleary; and four brothers, Harry, Rex, Ned and Tom Riesen.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23 and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, June 24 at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Officiating will be Rev. Eric Riesen. Burial will be at MRE Cemetery in Berne.

Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guest book online at