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Norma Jean (South) Smith, 90 year old Freedom resident, died Saturday, February 3, 2018 in Weatherford. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the First Christian Church of Freedom with Reverend Mark Kinkle officiating. Burial will follow in the Freedom Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Norma Jean (South) Smith was born in Freedom, Oklahoma on February 7, 1927, and was the firstborn of Walter Monroe and Eulah Fern (Powers) South. Her birthplace was in a house in Freedom which was built by her grandfather, David Powers. She had one younger sister, Zelma Lee (South) Reider who died in 1999.

She attended school in Freedom and graduated from Freedom High School in 1944. From the ages of 14 to 18 she worked at Flurrys Drug in Freedom, which was owned by her aunt and uncle Pearlene and Hubert Flurry. At age 18, she worked at the Freedom State Bank for one year. In later years, she returned to the bank and was employed there for 25 years until she retired at the age of 65. The bank was founded by her grandfather, David Powers.

On July 21, 1946 she was united in marriage to Louis Wayne Smith, who grew up on his familys farm northwest of Freedom. To this union, three children were born, Jeannie Dianne, David Wayne, and Denise Elaine. The family lived northeast of Freedom on the old Fairy Road in the Binkley house. A few years later they moved to the Baker house, a few miles west of there, and in 1968 they moved to the Smith homestead seven miles northwest of Freedom where they continued to farm and ranch, for a living. She moved to Woodward in the year of 2000, after the loss of her husband Wayne in 1999. She volunteered at the Woodward Hospital while living in Woodward as a part of the Woodward Volunteer Auxiliary. She has spent the last two years in Weatherford.

She was active in the Freedom community. Norma Jean has been a member of the Freedom Christian Church all of her life and was a Sunday school teacher in her younger years. She was also a lifetime member of Old Cowhands and Freedom Education Foundation. She was a member of the order of Eastern Star, and The Rebeccas where she served as Noble Grand and Lodge Deputy. She served 25 years on the Woods County Election Board as counter, judge, clerk, and inspector. She was a charter member of the Freedom Museum. Norma Jean also served many years for the American Legion Auxiliary and is past president of the Freedom Cemetery.

She is survived by one daughter, Denise Valli and husband Mansour; one son David Smith; grandchildren: Mathew Lewis, Jeff Lewis, Kim Levy, Kristie and Chad Weiget, Daniel and Rena Turner, Vanessa and Bobby Nailon, Dillon Smith, Michael Valli, Christopher Smith, Allen Mundorf, Matthew Battershell, Joel Flores, Jacob Flores ; great-grandchildren: Mabry Nailon, Avry Nailon, Tyson Smith; great-granddaughters: Nevaeh and Kaylee Smith; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Jeannie Diane Smith Lewis on June 30, 2016, her husband Louis Wayne, sister Zelma Lee Reider and husband Gene, and sister-in-law Arline Kurz and husband Frank.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Freedom with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on February 8, 2018
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