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Dulcia M. Steele Smith, 96, passed away from this life on May 19, 2017 in Russellville. She was born on August 12, 1920 in Mississippi County, to John and Della Steele. Dulcia was the fifth of eight children. Among the many jobs she held in her life, perhaps Dulcia's most important job was that of being a teacher. Though she held no official certificate, she taught those around her most important things in life; how to love blindly, how to forgive fully and how to live selflessly. Because of this, her legacy will live on through the thoughts and actions of the countless lives she touched. Along with the lessons Dulcia taught us, she will also be remembered for her talents and character. Dulcia not only had amazing chicken and dumpling recipe and the ability to grow anything and everything, but she was also devoted to the Methodist church, she had the ability to find joy in almost anything, and she possessed a humble nature and a patient temperament. Perhaps the thing she will be remembered for most was for how she loved her family. She, along with her husband, worked hard to provide a life of joy and love for their family. Memories of camping trips, fishing, games of Uno and family gatherings will be treasured by all of those left behind. She had four brothers, Tuggle, Tom, J.C, and Norris and three sisters, Molly, Thekla and Dorris, who have all gone before her. Dulcia married A.W Smith in Manila on November 2, 1945 and lovingly helped him raise his five children as her own: Roxie, Lois, A.W Jr, Everett and Ernest. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 10 or more great, great grandchildren and many, many nieces and nephews who are scattered across the United States and who all loved her dearly. A special thank you to Russellville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their care of this special lady in her final years. Your compassion and attentiveness to her were without measure. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Methodist Family Health Foundation, formerly Methodist Children's Home, P.O box 56050 Little Rock, AR 72215-6050. The memorial service will be held 1pm, Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Pottsville United Methodist Church in Pottsville, Arkansas.
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