Hester "Lucille" Smith was born on June 24, 1927 to Lola Jewel Stevens Huggins and Harley Allen Huggins in Oktaha, OK at her grandmother's home. She passed peacefully from this life surrounded by her family and went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 30, 2017. Lucille attended Wainwright and Muskogee Public Schools and worked at the Continental Bus Stop Café where she met, and later married, the love of her life, Joe B. Smith, on January 22, 1943. They spent 68 wonderful and loved-filled years together until Joe B's passing in 2011. They had three beautiful children from that union.
She was raised in the church and grew up going to First Christian Church in Muskogee where all of her children were baptized. She was a charter member of East Point Christian Church until moving to Boulevard Christian. After the passing of Joe B, she moved to Community Church and found a dear church family. She had a deep faith her entire life and lived every day trusting God's word.
Lucille worked for the Muskogee County Clerk's office for 12 years before becoming a Broker/Associate with her brother, Jerry Huggins, at Thunderbird Realty. She remained active in the Real Estate community selling homes and making new life long friends for 27 years. She and Joe B. owned and operated Yellow Cab Co and Muskogee City Bus Lines, Yellow Wrecker Service and Smith Ambulance until their retirement.
She was very active in community and social groups. She was a member of ABWA, Muskogee Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and was on the Board of Directors for Ranger Creek Yacht Club for many years. Bowling was one of her favorite activities, and alongside her daughter Bren, she was a member of numerous bowling leagues at Sooner Bowl. Fishing was another hobby that was near and dear to her heart. She loved sitting on the pond bank with her sister-in-law, Helen, while her little brother Hoot serenaded them with his harmonica. Fridays couldn't get here fast enough because that was BINGO night with Mary Paula. Rarely did she miss an opportunity to get to use her dobbers and loved it even when she had to share her pot!
Her true passion was digging in the dirt. Getting her hands dirty was her very best stress reliever and was good for her soul. Many have benefited from her green thumb with gorgeous bouquets and baskets of fresh veggies from her garden. If you have ever been to "Smithville", you were welcomed with open arms and offered a glass of tea and anything from Cille's kitchen which was never closed. Even if you weren't hungry, you didn't leave without at least eating a scrambled egg sandwich! She will forever be remembered for her scrumptious homemade pies that were made with such love and care.
Cille never met a stranger. She loved everyone and offered hugs like she offered her smile. A smile that was like sunshine....something that you can never get enough of. Her heart was pure and full of generosity. She prayed daily for her loved ones, near and far, for her friends, both old and new, for our country and our soldiers and mostly for love and God to be at the core of everything.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, Lola and Harley Huggins, brothers, Floyd Wayne "Hoot" Huggins and Jerry Lee Huggins, sister, Mary "Addie" Brown, nephew, Harry Lee Smith, grandchildren, Michael Shane Smith, Jamie Sue Smith and Cameron Lynn VanBurkleo.
She is survived by her children, David and Karen Smith (WY), Brenda (BJ) Roberts (Muskogee), Mike and Stacy Smith (TX), Gary and Linda Smith (Muskogee) grandchildren, Dr. Sean and Jill Smith (MO), Gina Roberts (AR), Sloan and Baron VanBurkleo (Broken Arrow), Justin and Candice Smith (TX), Jacob Smith (Ft. Gibson), Shelly and Kevin Ottwell (Broken Arrow), Wes and Lisa Smith (KS), Eric Smith (OKC), 13 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, a very precious niece and weekly bingo partner, Mary Paula Roberts (Tulsa) and numerous very special nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Boulevard Christian Church. Interment will follow in Middleton Chapel Cemetery.
Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made online at www.foster-petering.com.
Published on July 5, 2017