Pearl Smiley

Wood River | Saturday, September 5 2020 |

Pearl A. Smiley, 87, passed away at 5:45am on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at her residence.  She was born on January 28, 1933, in Edwardsville, the daughter of the late Charles B. and Myrtle (Wiley) Graham.  She married William Smiley on March 15, 1952, in Edwardsville, and he preceded her in death on April 8, 2008.  Survivors include seven daughters and their spouses: Shelia and Alvah Herrin of Wood River, Karen and Mike Brown of Wood River, Peggy Newlun of Indiana, Penny and David Davis of Wood River, Linda and Richard Stasen of Wood River, Tracie Smiley of East Alton, Jerri Jones of Godfrey, a son: Robert Smiley of Eldorado, Illinois, twenty one grandchildren, forty nine great grandchildren, nine great great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.

Pearl was a CNA and worked in many nursing homes and hospitals.  She was a member of the former First General Baptist Church of Rosewood Heights.  She was a member of the Wood River Moose Lodge #1349, the East Alton American Legion Post 794, and was a lifetime member of the Cottage Hills VFW Post 7678.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son: William,  two grandchildren: Crystal Sherman and Takisha Smiley, two sisters: Pauline and Margaret Ann, ten brothers: Paul, Marion “Andy”, Clarence “Jack”, Wilbert, Bernard, Bennerd, Donald, Charles, Bobby Dean, Chester, and two sons in law: Corey Jones and Aaron Newlun.

In celebration of her life, private visitation and funeral services will be held at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River.  Due to the current COVID – 19 restrictions, face mask are required and social distancing guidelines will be adhered to.  Burial will be at St. James Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

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Obit Provided By:
Pitchford Funeral Home

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