In Loving Memory …

Darla Jeree Smith

Darla Jeree Gibson Smith, 78, of Sedalia, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Fair View Nursing Home.

She was born August 26, 1941, in Sedalia, a daughter of the late William B. “Hoot” and Bernice Pearl (Hudson) Gibson.

Jeree was a member of Broadway Presbyterian Church and the Sedalia Symphony.  She received her Associates Degree in Nursing at State Fair Community College and worked as a Registered Nurse in the recovery room at Bothwell Regional Health Center until her retirement.  Jeree’s love of the nursing profession encouraged her granddaughter Erin to follow in her footsteps as a Registered Nurse.

Surviving are a son, Robert Prater (Barbara), of Sapulpa, OK; three sisters, Janice Dodson, of Chicago, IL, Janette Williams (Wendell), of Lee’s Summit, and JoAnne Lucas (Gary), of Ottawa, KS; Tom Hudson, of Sedalia; five grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Erin Prater-Blount (Jeff), Danielle Merino, Bailee Maliwat, Max Maliwat and Marianne Wetherill (Micah); three great-grandchildren, Addison Blount, Emmaline Hartwell and Olivia Blount; and nieces Kathy, Jody, Lauren, Lee Anne, and Rosalyn.

In addition to both of her parents she was preceded in death by one daughter, Laura Maliwat; and one brother-in-law, Jerry Dodson.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Broadway Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Rob Hughes officiating.

Burial will be held in the Smithton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2020 at Heckart Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions are requested to SFCC Foundation honoring the Darla Jeree Smith endowed Nursing Scholarship in care of Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. So sorry to hear of this. I worked with Jeree at BRHC . She was an awesome nurse and took great care of her patients. She will definitely be missed. Prayers of comfort for her family.

  2. Susan Gerken-McMannama

    So sorry to hear this, Jeree played the organ at my son’s wedding and at mine. She was very talented and a wonderful nurse. I worked with Jeree for many years, she was a very special person. She loved her jewelry, and for many years decorated her Christmas tree with her special jewelry pieces. You will be missed Jeree, thank you for all the good times and the laughs.

  3. Mike and Joy Simon

    So very sorry for your loss. Jeree always played the organ at Sacred Heart so very well. We loved working with her at Bothwell Hospital. She had such a loving way with her patients and excellent nurse. May the souls of faithfully departed, through the mercy of God , Rest In Peace, Mike and Joy Simon

  4. Nadine Ahlemeyer

    Sympathy to the family. Jeree was a wonderful nurse and I was privileged to have her care for me in recovery years ago. So sorry for your loss.

  5. I worked with Jeree for many years! She was a wonderful person, and a lot of fun!
    Sue Brauer

  6. Claudia (Dee) Irwin

    I worked with Jeree for many years. Her smile her laughter and her love of life always made me feel good. I will miss her. She brought joy to my life. I am so sorry for all of her family

  7. Thoughts and prayers to family. She was a wonderful person and Nurse. Worked with her for quite a few years. Lost tract of her past several years. Lots of memories!

  8. Brenda and Alex Collins

    Jeree was an amazing nurse that I feel honored to work with. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. I am sorry for your loss.

  9. I worked side by side with this Jeree in Recovery Room we had some wonderful times and great memories of her . Rest In Peace Jeree .

  10. I worked side by side with Jeree in Recovery Room we had some wonderful times and I have some great memories of her . Rest In Peace Jeree .

  11. So sorry a Gem! So much talent !A HIGH SCHOOL FRIEND CAROL (Stegner)Fowler❤️

  12. I also worked with Jeree at Bothwell. I remember her as such a good listener. She was not judgmental but kind and caring.

  13. Jeree was a high school classmate at Bunceton High School and a neighbor! A truely talent lady! Deepest sympathy to the family!

  14. Gay Baughman Scott

    My sympathy to all of Jeree’s family. I was a classmate of hers. Jeree was always a sweet and bubbly girl. We always knew Jerez was your friend. I remember her in high school chorus. All will truly miss her. Gay Baughman Scott (class mate at Bunceton)

  15. Janet Fairchild Roberts

    Here’s was a wonderful nurse and a pleasant woman. I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort for your family.

  16. Janet Fairchild Roberts

    Jeree was a wonderful nurse and a pleasant woman. I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort for your family.

  17. Jeree was a wonderful nurse as well as an awesome friend. She worked in Bothwell ER at night when I first moved to Sedalia to work in Bothwell lab, and I knew no one in town. I always knew that I could count on her wisdom and experience. What a wonderful lady.

  18. The Board of Directors of the Sedalia Symphony Society extend sympathy. Jeree loved music and was a very faithful member of the Symphony Board for several years. We all enjoyed her friendship very much. Just a lovely lady.

  19. Condolences To Robert And The Rest Of The Family. I Worked With Jeree For Many Years At BRHC. A Great Nurse And A Pleasant To Be Around. My Last Visit With Her Was At Fair View Nursing Home. We Also Spent Time At Best Western For Retired Nurses Luncheons Monthly. Rest Well My Friend, You Will Be Missed.

  20. Thoughts and prayers for Bob and Family!

  21. Carole Sue Warmbrodt DeLaite

    What very sad news! I send love and sympathy to all of Jeree’s family. Jeree was a loving family member, an excellent nurse, talented musically, and a genuine friend. She shared her talents with friends and colleagues and her community. Our families were friends and we were classmates at Bunceton School and attended church together at the Bunceton Federated Church where we sang in the choir. Jeree, Janice, and I also sang trios. I remember affectionately, “Whispering Hope.” Jeree’s enthusiasm, laughter, and joy in living will keep her close in minds and hearts!

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