Sharon L. Smithers, 83


Sharon L. Smithers, 83, of Springfield, died on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield with the Rev. Kevin Mann officiating. Burial followed at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Mrs. Smithers was born on Oct. 24, 1937, in Springfield, the daughter of Milton A. and Goldie (Losey) Thomas. She married Gary Smithers on April 28, 1971, and he  preceded her in death on April 14, 2005.

Mrs. Smithers retired from Horace Mann in the marketing and accounting divisions after 29 years of service, and was also a lifelong caregiver. A member of Third Presbyterian Church, Cool Cruisers Car Club and USS C.J. Badger Association, she enjoyed singing, sudoku and crossword puzzles.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dennis McCulley; stepsons, Gary Smithers, Jr. and John Smithers; brother, William Thomas; and sister, Jeanne Rosa.

She is survived by one daughter, Susan (Sean) Lynn Hunter of Fort Myers, FL; one son, Thomas Lynn of Springfield; one daughter-in-law, Shari Lynn of Springfield; two step-daughters, Brenda Smithers of Springfield and Susan (Jim) Powell of Litchfield; two stepsons, Robert (Barbara) Smithers of Springfield and Bill (Joanna) Lynn of Riverwoods; one brother-in-law,  Dominic Rosa of Rochester; one sister-in-law, Sue Thomas of Springfield; 11 grandchildren, Jeff (Amy) Lynn, Bobby Smithers, Johnny Smithers, Raven Smithers, Joe Smithers, Frankie Smithers, Kaitlyn Smithers, Aimee Lynn, Alivia Carrigan, Vivian Smithers and Zachariah Hunter and several great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.