Ollice Fay Smith


Ollice F. Smith, 87, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 6, 2011.

Ollice was born December 2, 1923 in Shamrock, Oklahoma to Clarence and Lovia Mae Fisher. She graduated from high shool in Ada, Oklahoma with honors. She married Staff Sergeant Lonnie Smith on June 14, 1943 and were married for 58 years prior to his passing in July, 2001. They had 3 children: Gary Smith, who died in 1977, Susan Schereer of Kansas City, Missouri, and Sheri Houchin of Parkville, Missouri.

Ollice worked for Southwestern Bell for 7 years while living in Oklahoma and Texas. They moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 1949 where she worked for Aetna Life & Casualty for 10 years. Her hobbies and interests included spending time with family and friends, attending her church regularly, traveling, planning programs, writing skits, and public speaking.

She was a devoted member of Victory Hills Baptist Church where she served as a Deacon and held several other positions. She enjoyed being a Sunday school teacher and youth director at both Victory Hills, as well as Immanual Baptist Church where she was a previous member. She was president of the American Baptist Women, and also served on the Board of Directors for Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Gary, husband Lonnie, and sister Gladys Hayes. Survivors include her two daughters Susan (husband Steve Scheerer) Sheri (husband Dave Houchin), 3 grandchildren, Clint Blankenship (sons Landon and Trindon), Jamie Crist, and Parker Crist, 3 sisters Nora Martin, Avon Neighbors, and Bonnie Fennell, and many other loving relatives.

Visitation will be at 10:00am followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00am, Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Victory Hills Baptist Church, 2010 N. 66th Terr., Kansas City, Kansas.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to her church, Vistory Hills Baptist.  The family expresses their appreciation to all the wonderful nurses who cared for her at St. Luke’s Hospitals, Providence Medical Center, New Mark Nursing, Presbyterian Manor, and Kansas City Hospice.


  1. Ray Taylor on February 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Susan & Sheri,

    What a wonderful woman she was. My life was very strongly influenced by your Mom as I was growing up at Immanuel. Not only was she a strong woman who loved the Lord but she was a lot of fun too! She was a good friend to many of my family members. Unfortunately, her services were on the same weekend as my Grandmother’s 100th Birthday and I found myself fulffilling many pre-established committments to facilitate many of our family members arriving in town throughout the day Saturday. Many, many fond memories of her. My wife and I did manage to get my Aunt Frieda and Grandma Opal dropped off and picked up for the services Friday. As long as I have a memory, she will be remembered by me. A very special lady!


  2. The Whitt Family on February 13, 2011 at 12:53 am

    We are so sorry for the passing of your grandmother. She must have been very proud of her outstanding grandson and was seen many times attending your concerts and plays. You must have given her much joy.

    We feel so sad for the loss of your sweet mother. It must be very difficult, but all must feel blessed to have shared your home and have all that time together. While she is reuniting with loved ones that went before her, may memories bring you comfort.
    God bless you and your family.

  3. Ruth Beedle on February 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    (And…I wanted to thank you for posting that beautiful, beautiful picture of Ollice and Lonnie, her husband. I can see Sheri in her mother’s beautiful face and Parker in the handsome face of his grandfather. Lovely!)


  4. Ruth Beedle on February 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Sheri and Susan and family;

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. I am so thankful for having gotten to know Ollice while she stayed with Sheri. Her sweet smile will stay with me always. We love you, Sheri and family, and we are here for you in any way you need us.


    Ruth Beedle, Tom Pope and Lauren and David

  5. JOHN VASSAR on February 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Susan & Sheri,
    Sorry to hear about your loss. My Mom & Dad are in Phoenix right now visiting Cheri. They will not be back until Saturday evening otherwise they would be there. They send their condolences too.

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