Johnye Smithee passed away on March 4, 2011, at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Waxahachie at the age of 90. Johnye Louise Womack was born May 23, 1920, to Willie Clark and Callie Grace Hayter Womack in Gordonville, Texas. She graduated from Texas Women’s University (then Texas State College for Women). She married Gordon Smithee on June 28, 1941, and worked for the OPA giving speeches about rationing until the end of World War II. She partnered in a lingerie store in Lubbock until the birth of her only child in 1949. Johnye was a Baptist and taught Sunday school for 50 years; she also volunteered at Eden Home in New Braunfels for many years, teaching the Sunday school lesson there as well. She loved reading, gardening, fishing, entertaining and loved working with blueprints and building projects from her home to her church.
Johnye lived in New Braunfels for 43 years, moving to Midlothian to be close to her daughter and family. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Midlothian. She was married to Gordon for 49 years at the time of his death in 1990.
Johnye was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 11 brothers and sisters and an infant daughter.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandi Grant and husband, Johnny of Midlothian; grandsons, Baron and wife, Allison and Nathan Meliza and wife, Melanie of Dallas; step-grandson, David Grant and wife, Paula of Keller; two great-granddaughters, Emilie and Abbie; one great-grandson, Max; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center or Johnson and Ellis Counties Meals-on-Wheels.
A visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Midlothian Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park, New Braunfels, Texas.
Arrangements are under the direction of Midlothian Funeral Home, 200 E. Avenue E,