Florence (Baker) Smith was born March 4, 1921, in Rosebud, Arkansas to Mat and Nora (Adcock) Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Talford G. Smith (T.G.), sister Myrtle Humble, and brothers Jessie, George, and Troy. She is survived by her daughters and son in-laws, Brenda and Eddie Johnson, Rebecca and Daniel Keeper, grandchildren Chris (Keri), Joey (Jennifer), Brian (Kami) Johnson, Jillian, and Grant Keeper, 17 (great and great-great grandchildren) and 5 nieces and nephews.
Florence grew up on a farm in Rosebud, Arkansas. She graduated Salutatorian of her high school then moved to Little Rock with her sister where they worked in an ammunition plant for a period of time during World War II. After attending business school in Arkansas, she moved to Dallas. While working for T&P Railroad she met and married T.G. Smith Jr. They spent 13 years of their married life in Pennsylvania, later relocating to Waco, TX for 30 years, then moving to Garland in 2007.
Together they enjoyed traveling with family and friends to many places in the U.S. as well as Rio, Puerto Rico, and Canada. In later years they enjoyed going to Las Vegas, Florence's favorite game was Let it Ride.
Florence always introduced herself at church and social gathering as T.G.'s wife. She let T.G. take center stage. She was always there supporting him, and the family, taking care of everything at the house while working part time. She was the energizer bunny who could out shop her daughters any day of the week. She worked tireless during holidays preparing for company, cooking, cleaning, decorating. To her, ever gathering was the best that had ever been.
She loved a good game of cards or Farkel, and later Chicken Foot. She was shrewd and if you won it was because she let you ߘ.
Florence and T.G. were very active members of Lakewood Christian Church and later joined the Park Christian Community Church of Mesquite.
Florence was a resident at Abba Care Assisted living in Garland, where she made numerous friends with both staff and residents always actively recruiting everyone to join in playing Chicken Foot and Bingo.
We are very grateful to our Church Family, the staff at Abba Care, and friends for being such a wonderful part of her life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Park Christian Community Good Samaritan Fund