Georgette “G.G.” Gloria Smith, 91, passed away Jan. 9, 2018, at her home in Fort Smith. She was born in Eau Claire, Wis., on Feb. 22, 1926, to Henry and Emma Schilling. She graduated from Eau Claire High School. After passing a civil service test, Georgette moved to Washington D.C. and worked at the Pentagon until 1946. While working at the Pentagon, Georgette met and got engaged to a fellow employee, Veryl Smith. On March 31, 1946, they got married in Madison, Wis., at Immanuel Lutheran Church. They were married almost 72 years. During those years, she also worked for Donrey Media as a lineage auditor, in accounts payable, and as a secretary to three bosses. Georgette loved hosting family get-togethers and staying in touch with family, relatives and friends through letters, cards and Facebook. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, computer scrabble, evening card games, journal writing and genealogy research. Her favorite form of relaxation was playing classical music and show tunes on her piano. In later years, Georgette liked playing hymns on her personal organ. Georgette used her musical talent to serve the Lord. She played at her church all during high school. She was also an organist for over 50 years in several Lutheran churches in and around Fort Smith. Georgette said in her autobiography, “I don’t need to say, it has been a great joy praising God with my music; ministering for weddings and funerals with my music. I have been blessed, serving the Lord.” Georgette and Veryl did volunteer work at the Fort Smith food pantry late into their eighties. She also belonged to the LWML and alter guild at church, and taught a home-based Bible study group.

Georgette was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Emma Schilling; one brother, LaVern; and two sisters, Lydia and Virginia. She is survived by her husband, Veryl Smith of Fort Smith; three daughters, Susan Holder of Fort Worth, Texas, Linda Cantrall of Fort Smith, and Verlette McKendree of Fort Smith; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three nieces; and four nephews.

Georgette’s visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel, 4817 Kelley Hwy., Fort Smith. The funeral service is 2 p.m. Saturday at the 1st Lutheran Church, 1115 N. D. St., Fort Smith. There is a private graveside service for immediate family at the cemetery.

The family of Georgette Smith wishes to thank the Sparks Peachtree Hospice care workers, the Cancer Center as well as Pastor John Merrill and the church family of 1st Lutheran for all the care, visits and prayers given to them. Georgette’s life on Earth is done, and now she begins a new life with the Lord. Her life before and after death can be summed up in one of her favorite prayers: “I will serve the Lord with gladness. I will come before Him with thanksgiving. I will praise Him forever on His throne on high. Amen.”

Arrangements under direction of Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith. To place an online tribute, go to