Dona Annabelle Smith Guthrie - 93
Dona Annabelle Smith Guthrie, daughter of Elijah Milton "Lige" and Lillie Rose (Rodecker) Smith was born on the 29th of April 1924 in Clearfork, Oklahoma and passed away at the age of 93 at Quail Ridge Nursing and Rehab on May 12,2017.
At the age of 15, Donabelle told a lie that would forever impact her life. In front of the Adair County judge, she told them she was 18 and married the love of her life, Edmond Victor Guthrie. As you know, young marriages don't last so they only remained married for 69 years until Vic passed away in 2009. Since she lied in 1939, she wanted to make it right so Vic and Donabelle renewed their vows on their 60th anniversary with a real wedding. By her choice, she is being laid to rest today in the dress she wore for her special vow renewal wedding.
Vic and Donabelle traveled for jobs many times over the years between California, Texas, and Oklahoma. She worked at the Hamburger Inn in Westville, Oklahoma where she recalled meeting and visiting with a customer by the name of Glenn Randolph. Little did she know that Glenn had a daughter who would become one of the most important people in Donabelle's life. Donabelle also worked at Levine's Department Store in Dallas, TX, Hunt's Cannery in Hayward, CA, Franklin Electric and Wal-Mart.
Anyone who knew Donabelle knew she loved to talk, and talk, and talk some more. Her phone was like a tool that she always kept close by. Her memory was amazing as she could rattle off anyone's number from memory. She kept in close contact with her friends and family. She had many friends she loved talking (and gossiping) with including Rose Ebert, Wanda Pace, Lavelle Dees, Kathleen Green, Corine Guthrie, Gerrie Morris, and many more.
If you asked anyone what she loved the most, it was music. She was self- taught on the piano. She and Vic would play or sing or just go listen to any music at any church that invited them. Their favorite place to sing was their own home church, the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Westville, OK. At the age of 93, she still loved to sit at the piano to play and sing. Her favorite music was old, classic country and gospel. As she peacefully passed from this world on Friday night, the radio was playing Dolly Parton singing In the Sweet By and By.
Donabelle was preceded in death by her husband and her parents as well as her two sons. Gene and Doyle. She was also preceded in death by all of her siblings: Roy, Calvin, Milton, Charley, Ethel Ketcher and Myrtle Stanley. Also making the journey before here were grandson Ricky Guthrie and great, great grandson, Axl.
Grandchildren: Belinda Moran and husband Leonard of Alaska, Sherry Guthrie of Jay, OK, Angela Bird, Vicki Reece and husband Rowdy, Doyle Glenn "Toad" Guthrie, and Jim Guthrie and wifeTammie, all of Westville.
Great Grandchildren: Stacia Miller, Kale Miller, Chris Walker, Shayla Boyd, Aimee Cherry, Tara Bird, Trent Bird, Miranda Reece, Matt Reece, Whitney Perry, Micah Guthrie, Doyle B. Guthrie, and Gabby Guthrie
Great-great Grandchildren: Elsa, Rayn, Sway, Shelby, Alexis, Damian, Sarah, Hunter, Witten, and Kennedy
Sisters-in-law - Frankie Williams and Corine Guthrie
And numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM., Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Roberts Funeral Chapel, Westville, OK with Pastor Navil Vaughan officiating. Interment followed at Westville City Cemetery, Westville, Oklahoma