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Opal Arlene Smith

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WATERMAN, Ill. — Opal Arlene Smith, 94, loving wife and mother of three children, died Aug. 1, 2022.

Visitation will be held at the Nash Funeral Home, Waterman, Ill., Aug. 13, from 4-6 p.m., followed by a memorial service.

Opal Arlene Smith

Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory. Arlene was born in Laurel Nov. 14, 1927, to Earl and Mary (Krebs) Iler. She married Ivan Smith Dec. 23, 1945, in the Laurel Methodist Church. In 1950, they moved to Illinois, where they would raise their family and spend the rest of their years. Arlene was a member of the United Methodist Church, Waterman, and served as a Sunday School teacher for 25 years. She was also an active member of the church choir for many years and served as a church trustee. Arlene was also a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, the DeKalb County Hospice, the DeKalb Christian Women’s Club, and a board member of the Clinton Township Library, as well as Opportunity House. Arlene was a volunteer at the DeKalb Food Pantry for over 30 years, a member of the Clinton Home Extension, and she especially enjoyed her participation in the Prairie Echoes (Sweet Adelines) of DeKalb County.

Arlene loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She especially liked music, cooking, card games, singing, church, and helping out wherever she could.

She is survived by her three children, Richard, Jim and Julie; two grandchildren, Lisa and Stephanie; two great-grandchildren, Leon and Simon; and her dear sister, Karen Wiedenfeld.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Earl Leon Iler; and her beloved husband.