Rhetta Smith, 80, passed away on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Tecumseh.

Rhetta Smith died in Tecumseh on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at the age of 80.

Rhetta is survived by her husband Al of Shawnee, son Dennis Jones and wife Lecia of Shawnee, daughters Kellie Lee and husband Ken of Perkins, and Kimi VanAntwerp and husband Jim of Shawnee, step daughters Teresa Martin and husband James of Shawnee, Sherri Straka and husband Carl of Harrah, Terri Lucy of McLoud, two brothers Larry Alexander, Guy Alexander and one sister Aletta Collins, seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rhetta is preceded in death by her parents Ben and Marguerite Alexander, brothers Jack Alexander and Jerrold Alexander, grandson Darrell R. Jones and step daughter Julia Arthur.

Rhetta was born on Jan. 3, 1939, in Shawnee to Ben and Marguarite Alexander.

Rhetta married Al Smith on Sept. 20, 1965.

Rhetta worked, in her early life, as a waitress at Biscuit Hill and Rib Ranch. Rhetta began working as a home health aid at Hospice of Shawnee and later at Heartland Hospice. Rhetta retired from Heartland Hospice in 2007. She loved every patient she cared for. Rhetta loved to spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as often as possible.

Special thanks to Heartland Hospice of Shawnee for the love and care they provided for Rhetta.

Service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Central Church of Christ in Shawnee.