Patricia J. Smothers, 78, of rural Farmer City passed away at 6:38 a.m. Friday (Jan. 17, 2014) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, with the Rev. Mark Baumgardner and the Rev. George Brady officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Special Olympics or Bethel Church.

Patricia was born May 12, 1935, in Farmer City, a daughter of Harold and Opal Welch Wheeler. She married Warren Smothers on Sept. 15, 1953, in Farmer City.

She is survived by her husband, Warren Smothers, rural Farmer City; two sons, Harold Smothers and Dale Smothers, both at home; and one daughter, Cinda Sieving, Cissna Park. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Erin (Brandon) Sturm and Nathan (Stephanie) Sieving; special grandchildren, Andy Threatt and Alicia Wallace; and great-grandchildren, Paige Sturm, Avery Sturm, Logan Strum and Mason Sturm.  

She is also survived by four sisters, Dolores Buchanan, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; Shirley (Bill) Rittenhouse, Farmer City; Frances (Dick) Reynolds, Farmer City; and Elizabeth (Mike) Cleveland of Ohio.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and her son-in-law, the Rev. Fred Sieving.

Patricia was an active member of the Bethel Church of rural Farmer City. She was also very active in Special Olympics with her sons. Patricia served on the Mansfield Library Board and the Piatt County Mental Health Board.

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