Neta L. Smith (76) of rural Newton


Published on October 19 2013 8:30 am

Neta L. Smith, 76, of rural Newton died at 9:13pm Friday, October 18, 2013 at her home.

Funeral services celebrating Neta’s life will be held at 11:30 AM – Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Central Christian Church in Newton, IL with Mike Knepper officiating.  Burial will be in the Chapel Cemetery near Falmouth, IL.   Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:30 AM – Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the church.  Memorials may be made to the Jasper County Cancer Fund P.O. Box 333 Newton, IL 62448.  Arrangements are under the care of the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton, IL.  The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at

Neta was born on June 12, 1937 in Storm Lake, Iowa the daughter of Hershel and Minnie (Jinright) McCann.   She married Frank Smith on April 29, 1956 in Decatur, IL and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2012.  Neta worked at Norris Electric for 4 years and was a homemaker and loving mother.  Neta was a member of the Central Christian Church in Newton and former member of the Falmouth Church of Christ.  Neta enjoyed reading, painting, sewing and raising flowers.

Neta is survived by: 4 Children – Ray Smith of Newton, IL, Janet Green of Robinson, IL, Sandra (Craig) Zumbahlen of Newton, IL and Jill (Paul) Abbott of Olathe, KS...1 Brother – Neal (Shirley) McCann of Newton, IL...4 Grandchildren – Jason Smith, Rebecca Smith, Jarrett Zumbahlen and Claire Zumbahlen...and 2 Great Grandchildren – Torrence Smith and Connor Smith.

Neta was preceded in death by her parents, husband and twin sisters.