Hyla Jean Smith, 93, of Danville passed away Jan. 13, 2017, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
She was born in Rossville, Ill., on June 17, 1923, the daughter of Reuben and Bertha (George) Swartz.
She married Howard L. Smith at the home of the bride on Feb. 4, 1942, in Bismarck, Ill. He preceded her in death in 1994 after 52 years of marriage.
Hyla will be deeply missed by her sons, Jack (Linda) Smith of Danville and Kenneth (Linda) Smith of Danville; grandchildren, Michelle (Mike) Ghibaudy, Kimberly (Greg) Johnson, Nathan Smith, David Smith, Erik (Jessica) Smith and McKenna (Calvin) Richards; great-grandchildren, Ryan (Samantha) Ghibaudy, Clayton Hall, Madison Smith, Alivea Lucei and Trace (Sarah) Johnson; and great-great-grandchildren, Carter and Chloe Ghibaudy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard Smith; son, Howard (Judy) Eugene Smith; sister, Hallie Lovelace; and granddaughter, Dana Lynn Smith.
Hyla attended Squankum School west of Rossville, and then Rossville High. She graduated from Bismarck High in 1941.
Hyla lived in the Rossville and Bismarck area on a farm for most of her life. She went to work for Sears in the shoe department in 1960 and retired after 25 years of service in 1985. Hyla also drove a school bus for Bismarck school district for several years.
Hyla was very active in several groups like Roselawn Garden Club, 4-H where she taught at the Bismarck Fair and was also the past president of the Sears Retirees board. She belonged to Bunco Club, Thimble Club and was a life-long member of Walnut Corner Church. Hyla spent the last five years at Liberty Estates, where she loved playing cards with her friends. She also enjoyed gardening and maintaining her yard, sewing, making crafts, listening to gospel music and being around her friends and family.
A celebration of Hyla's life will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Crossroads Christian Church in Danville with Pastor Bill Carpenter officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the church. Hyla will be laid to rest at Walnut Corner Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or Walnut Corner Church. Please join Hyla's family in sharing photos and memories on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 16, 2017