Violet I. (Bunch) Smith

August 14, 1926 ~ June 18, 2019 (age 92)


     Violet I. Smith, age 92, of Emlenton, passed away Tuesday evening, June 18, 2019 at the home of her son.

     Born August 14, 1926 in Sheffield, Alabama, she was a daughter of the late James A. and Ellen A. Despigno Bunch.

    She married Rayburn C. Smith on September 8, 1942.  He preceded her in death on May 1, 1986.

    Violet loved everyone she came in contact with, especially little children.  She had a deep faith and belief in her Lord, Jesus Christ, and attended her prayer groups regularly.

    A homemaker, she worked diligently raising her nine children, teaching them right from wrong, but always with a kind heart.  She loved to play the piano and color adult coloring books. She will be sadly missed.

     Survivors include eight children:  Dennis L. Smith of Emlenton; Daniel W. Smith and wife, Linda, of Dunnellon, Florida; Kathy L. Shanafelt of Emlenton; Jesse C. Smith and his wife, Debbie, of Knox; Joel C. Smith and his wife, Joan, also of Knox; Priscilla J. Ofca of Steubenville, Ohio; Rose A. Smith of Pittsburgh and George A. Smith and his wife, Tanis, of Beckley, West Virginia; one sister, Gail L. McConnell of Stevenson, Alabama and a brother, James Douglas Bunch and his wife, Ruby, of Mechanicsville.

    Violet is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Arlene Smith of Emlenton; a brother-in-law, Aven Miller of Louisville, Mississippi; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

    In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Rayburn D. Smith; grandson, Jay Shanafelt; son-in-law, Arthur Shanafelt; daughter-in-law, Linda Smith; two sisters, Delores Beach and Shirley Miller; three brothers:  George Bunch, Larry Bunch, and Johnny Bunch, along with numerous in-laws.

     There will be no calling hours.

     Family and friends are welcome to attend a graveside service at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019 at the Loop Cemetery in Licking Township, Clarion County, with Pastor Korona Say officiating.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the name of Violet I. Smith to the Clarion/Forest VNA Hospice, 271 Perkins Road, Clarion, PA  16214 (www.cfvna.org/donations.asp) or the Turkey City Church of God, 1078 Route 338, Turkey City, PA  16058

     Online condolences may be sent to Violet’s family at www.rupertfuneralhomes.com

    Arrangements are under the direction of the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc. of Knox.


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Graveside Service
June 24, 2019

11:00 AM
Loop Cemetery
Licking Township
Emlenton, PA 16373


Clarion/Forest VNA Hospice
271 Perkins Road, Clarion PA 16214
Web: http://www.cfvna.org

Turkey City Church of God
1078 Route 338, Turkey City PA 16058

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