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Lila Clayton Smith passed peacefully at home on April 29, 2018. She was born in Little Rock, Ark. on June 18, 1928, to Mamie and Neal Clayton. She graduated from Washington University School of Nursing in 1948 and worked at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., where she met her husband to be, Carl W. Smith.
She lived the majority of her adult life in Oklahoma City, Okla. and Edmond, Okla., where she was an member of the League of Women Voters and the HSC Faculty Wives. She was a lifetime member of the Girls Scouts and touch the lives of many girls as a dynamic troop leader. She was very active as a volunteer and fundraiser for the Redlands Council of Girl Scouts, now known as Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma.
After raising her children, Lila returned to work at the American Red Cross Blood Services in Norman, Okla. She enjoyed playing bridge and continued playing when she moved to Tucson, Ariz., for her retirement years. Her last few years were spent being close to her immediate family in Kansas City, Mo.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Carl Walter Smith Jr., their son, Brian Smith and her brother, Ray Clayton.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Smith Welsh, son-in-law John R. Welsh, grandchildren Erin B. Rowzee, Margaret (Theodore) Rowzee Ginder, Emerson K. Welsh, and great-granddaughter, Lila A. Rowzee.
A memorial will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018 at Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City at Westminster.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Girl Scouts -Western Oklahoma, the National Ghost Ranch Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Published on May 2, 2018
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