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Linda Smith

d. December 18, 2022

Linda Smith, 78, of Shelbyville, TX passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2022 at Mid Jefferson Extended Care in Beaumont, TX.

Linda was born on  July 31, 1946, in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Robert and Frances (Zellers) Collins.

She married Joseph Smith on Oct. 13, 1962, he preceded her in death in 2019.

Mourning her passing are two sons, Jason D. (Jennifer) Smith of Jacksonville, IL and Jeffery J. Smith of Shelbyville, TX; five daughters, Janice C. (Roy) Russell of Shelbyville, TX, Elizabeth, Isabella, Carly, Abby Montgomery of Shelbyville, TX; four grandchildren, Garry E. Williams of Cantrall, IL, Christina M. (Josh) Fallis of Jacksonville, IL, Miranda Williams of Virginia, IL, and Julian Smith of Urbana, IL; great-grandchildren, Gwendalyn, Scarlett and Jameson Williams; Jaiden and Cameryn Fallis; sisters, Cindy (Scott) Huber, Vicki (Terry) Wilson-Treat, Barbara Wilson-Graham, and Sandy Wilson-Schmidt; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert Wilson; two sisters, Connie Miller and Joyce Honigman; and a grandson, Sgt. Aubrey D. Williams, U.S. Marine Corps.

Linda was an owner of Linda’s Walleye Wagon, Pizza-N-Stuff in Salisbury, and The Last Stand Tavern in Pleasant Plains.

She was a past president of the 23 CB Club, Women’s Chapter and the founder of the Mid Illinois Trail Horse Association.

Linda loved Horse back riding and fishing. She enjoyed watching NASCAR. She always enjoyed being the host for events and spending time with family and friends. She never met a stranger and made all feel like family.

Visitation for Linda will be held on Friday, December 30, 2022 at 10:30 until time of funeral services at 11:30 am at Mott & Henning Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Masten officiating.  Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield at 1 p.m.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Sending our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the loss of your loved one. Praying for peace and comfort throughout the days ahead.

    Linda and Joe lived next door to us at the lake and each time I walk outside I see their house thinking of Linda being reunited with her Joe again. She missed him so much. I can’t help but think of the many cook-outs at their house. She treated everyone with open arms. So kind. She could cook some delicious fish and all the fixings for her family and friends here in our community at Pretti Point. I also remember many fun times with Linda especially on our ‘girls day out trips’ with Patti, Stacy, Pat and our friend that passed, Sharon (on occasion) which consisted of shopping and lunches and maybe a quick trip to a casino. I will always remember the trips I went with Linda to watch and support her girls play basketball in tournaments. Linda was a huge cheerleader for them, whether they won or not she always praised them on a great game! And it was exciting! We would be hoarse when we leave. She loved the ball season and she made sure she had the girls at their practices. (Her car kept the roads hot😃 but she wouldn’t have it any other way). I will miss this. On many occasions, Linda was bragging on all of her children and grand-
    children. She loved them all, especially surprised visits from family from Illinois. She was our friend and not just a neighbor. Rest In Peace my friend. You will be missed by many (especially me) here at the lake. Vicki Littleton and Alan Carson

  2. Aunt Linda I love you and will miss you a lot. Give my parents and the rest of our family a hug for me. My heart goes out to Janice, Jeff, Jason and the girls; stick together guys, I know your Mom is looking down and going to be watching out for you. Love y’all.

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