Mary Smith

Bethalto |

Mary Ellen Smith, 76, passed away at 2:19 am on Monday, December 12, 2022, at Alton Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. 

She was born on August 17, 1946, in Alton, the daughter of the late Clifford and Ola (Lents) Eaton.  She married Kenneth "Sonny" Jamison on November 8, 1969, in Alton, and he preceded her in death in March of 1995.  Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law: Stacey and Rich Lawson of Medora, Amy and Tim Smith of Moro, a son, and daughter in law: Kenny and Leanne Jamison of East Alton, nine grandchildren: Cole (Stephanie) Lawson, Kaitlyn (Ben) McKinney, Blake (Lora) Lawson, Kylor Smith, Kody (Sarah) Smith, Rylee Smith, Kenlea Jamison, Garrett Jamison, Emmalee Jamison, three great-grandchildren: Tinley, Jamison, Lilian, two sisters; Sue Bruce of Alton, Shirley Dunnagan of Bunker Hill, many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.

A cosmetologist by trade, Mary Ellen formerly owned and operated Klip N Kurl in Brighton and later worked at JC Penney’s where she was a master designer.  She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Medora where she coordinated the mother/daughter banquet for many years.  She loved golfing, tap dancing, and talking to stroke survivors, and was a published author. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings: Joyce, Sandy, Barb, Jeanne, Gary, Jimmy, Jess, and Donnie.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be from 8 am until the time of services at 10:30 am on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River.  Pastor Phil Sadaka will officiate.  Burial will follow at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey.

Memorials are suggested to BJC Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Obit Provided By:
Pitchford Funeral Home

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