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Irene R. Smathers


January 10, 2019

Irene R. Smathers

Irene Agnes Russell "Rene" Smathers, of Canton, passed away peacefully Jan. 2, 2019, at Haywood Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her family.

A native of Haywood County in the Wycle Fork area, she was the first born of 11 children to the late Walter W. and Celia Massie Russell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, David Joe Smathers, who died in 2010, and a son, Kevin Joe Smathers, who died in 1979; four brothers; and two sisters, Ruth E. Russell Caldwell and Florence E. Russell.

She worked at the Tannery in Waynesville, Dayco (Dayton), and Rays Department Store in the 194...

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