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Carol Ann "Smitty" Kelz

Monday, April 7, 2008

Carol Ann "Smitty" Kelz, 64, of Sweet Springs, died Saturday, April 5, 2008, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2008, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Sweet Springs, with Rev. Tim Biesemeyer officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery in Elmwood. Pallbearers will be Drew Gilmore, Jamie Kelz, Jeremi Kelz, Josh Zahner, James Smith and Cameron Smith. Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, Show-Me Christian Youth Home or Pisgah Cemetery. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born June 1, 1943, in Sweet Springs, she was the daughter of the late Hugh William "Bill" Smith Jr. and Leone Roller Smith. She was a graduate of Sweet Springs High School and attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. On March 23, 1973, she married Mike Kelz, who survives of the home. She owned a clothing store in Sweet Springs and operated a Wards catalog outlet and a fabric shop. She worked for MVHRDC as director of the job training programs for 19 years. She was director of social services for Sweet Springs Villa for 12 years, retiring in January of 2008 for health reasons. She was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of Western Missouri Private Industry Council. She was a board member of Sweet Springs Ambulance District, a member of I-70 Medial Center Auxiliary, treasurer of Eta Delta Sorority and a member of Social Services Directors Organization. She was also a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she was chairman of the church board. She coached Sweet Springs' women's softball team for several years.

Additional survivors include her four children, Jeanne Kennedy of Topeka, Kan., Tammy Brown of Sedalia, Scott Kelz of Sweet Springs and Deborah Devorss of Great Falls, Mont.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Ed Smith of Versailles; and several nieces and nephews.