Judith Ann Smith

Judith Ann Smith, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and proud citizen of Arcola, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020.

Judy was born September 27, 1954 to Paul and Geraldine Reis of Champaign, IL. She graduated from Champaign High School and Lake Land Jr. College. She is survived by husband, Mark of Arcola, daughter, Elizabeth Hibner (Brian) of Westmont, son, Andrew Smith (Shay) of Mattoon, grandchildren, Hannah and Henry Hibner, and “Great Grandma” Marilyn Smith of Arcola. She is also survived by siblings, Bill Reis (Carol) of Monticello, Marilyn Phelps (Ron) of Pharr, TX, Roger Reis (Liz) of Tolono, and Rick Reis of Pesotum.

Judy married Mark on April 29, 1978 in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mattoon. After several relocations throughout the Midwest, Judy and her family settled in Arcola in 1999. Judy was intensely involved in her community. She was a longtime member and past-president of Arcola Sunshine Rotary, an enthusiastic participant in the Arcola Beautification Committee, and a key contributor to the Walldogs murals project, the annual Arcola car show, Arcola’s Rotary Park and many other community projects during her twenty years in Arcola.

While also raising her family, Judy had several jobs throughout the years. She most enjoyed her more than 19 years in client service as the ‘smiling face’ at Boyer and Sappenfield Investment Advisors of Arcola.

Judy was best known for her inexhaustible and highly infectious good-nature, optimism, and kindness. She was highly devoted to her grandchildren.

Private services will be held and burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. A rip-roaring public celebration of Judy’s life will be held when America returns to normal.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arcola Sunrise Rotary c/o Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola.

Leave a Comment