Carol R. Smith, 55, Webb City, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at her home.
Carol Ruth Robb was born April 7, 1962, to Charles Robb and Marilyn (Robinson) Robb in Boonville, Missouri. She graduated from Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri, Class of 1980. Carol graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia, and received a Bachelor of Arts in business and psychology. She then went on to complete a course of study to earn her license as a local pastor.
Carol married Nathan Smith on Dec. 9, 1989, and made a home in Marion, Kansas. There they had their daughter on February 20, 1992. They then moved to Pittsburg, Kansas, to further her husband’s career at Shelter Insurance, while Carol worked in administration at Mt. Carmel. They moved to Chillicothe, Missouri, in 1997 and were blessed with a son in 1999 through adoption. Carol liked to say she had twins at age 7. In 2001, the family moved to Carthage, Missouri.
Carol made a career at St. John’s in administration, and served as hospice chaplain for Oxford Health Care, as well as a hospital chaplain for Cox Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She then became administrator for Spring River Christian Village.
Carol battled mental illness for the last 4 years. Her health became a priority and required her to take an absence from her career. Through her time of healing, Carol loved to spend time volunteering. She loved to volunteer at the Humane Society, walking and loving on dogs. She also received joy by providing meals to those in need. She was an amazing cook and loved to care for others. She also spent time with her daughter, Taylor, in her third grade classroom. She loved helping kids learn to read.
Mental illness is a serious disease. It affects even the most loving and motivated people. This disease was not a choice, it affects the brain and affects the lives of everyone involved.
Survivors include her husband, Nathan; her mother, Marilyn; a daughter, Taylor Webb and husband, Jacob, Springfield, Missouri; a son, Dillon Smith, Columbia, Missouri; a brother, Charles Robb, Lincoln, Missouri; and a sister, Angela Potter and husband, Mike, Boonville, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Robb.
Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at the Nazarene Church, Carthage, Missouri. Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at the Nazarene Church. Interment was Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Marion Cemetery, Marion, Kansas.
Memorial gifts are suggested to Brain and Behavior Research Foundation or Joplin Humane Society, in care of Knell Mortuary, 308 W. Chestnut St., Carthage MO 64836.
Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.
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