Royce Ann (Hodge) Smith, 77, passed away Friday Sept. 27, 2013, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.
She was born April 9, 1936 in Eldorado, Ill., to Howard Hodge and Flossie (Gibson) Hodge Sanders.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gilbert Lee Smith, father Howard Hodge, mother Flossie Sanders, stepfather Clyde Sanders and brother Jackie L. Hodge.
She is survived by her four children: David and Veronica Smith of Fairborn, Ohio; Tim and Shelly Smith of Mt. Carmel; Tamara “Tami” Smith and Tammy Hart of Evansville; Jennifer and Michael Campbell of Princeton; stepson Bruce A. Smith of Milwaukee, Wis., nine grandchildren, Laura (Rusty) Lloyd, Adam Smith, Alexis Smith of Mt. Carmel; Jarrod Smith, Joshua Smith of Fairborn, Zackery (Trina) Campbell, Sara Campbell, Ethan Campbell of Princeton and KaLynn Smith-Hart of Evansville; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dewain (Delois) Sanders, Evansville, and Fred (Fern) Sanders of Marion, Ill., aunt Nova Hicks of Tucoma, Wash.; and several nieces and cousins.
She was retired from Peek Agency, Allstate Insurance after five years, where she held an agent’s license for the state of Indiana. She was a former employee of Gibson General Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit for nine years as a behavioral health technician. She was a former employee of Seimans (Potter and Brumfield) for five years and a substitute teacher for the North Gibson School Corp. for five years.
She had been employed at several mental health hospitals around the country.
She served three years in the United State Air Force after graduating from Bosse High School in Evansville. She also received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville. She was a past member of the Women of the Moose, Professional Secretaries International and the VFW Post 1147 in Princeton.
She was a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church and served as church secretary, Sunday School superintendent, Christian Education Committee chairman, Church Council, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, gardening, cake decorating and scrap booking.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the Colvin Funeral Home with the Rev. Karen McNeil-Utecht officiating. Burial will follow in the Columbia “White” Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Military graveside services will be provided by retired military veterans.