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Obituary for Mrs. Lillian Smoot

Lillian Harris Smoot was born on March 5, 1931 in Macon, Georgia. She went home to be with the Lord on May 28, 2016.

At an early age, Lillian had a dream of a vocation in the church. Lillian became a member of the Evangelist Committee, along with her brother Melvin, going door to door bringing the good news of Christ to people in the community.

Lillian attended Cincinnati Public School and graduated from Woodward High School. She attended the University of Cincinnati and took classes at the Stowe Adult Center.

In 1950, Lillian married Robert E. Smoot and to this union four children were born; Lynda, Sherri, Patricia and the late Robert Jr.

In 1962, Lillian and her family became members of First Lutheran Church in Cincinnati. She served as part-time Parish Director from 1965 to 1967. In October of 1967, Lillian accepted a call to full-time service as Lay Associate under the Board of American Missions Lutheran Church in America. Her assignment was continued under the Division of Outreach when the Evangelical Lutheran Church was formed in 1987. Lillian retired June 30, 1993.

During her years of service at First Lutheran, Lillian was active in the National Lay Associates Program. In the Ohio Synod, Lillian served on the Executive Board (Council) for two terms, the Oesterlen Board, the Committees for Justice and Social Change, Outreach, Witness, Mother’s Club and other committees. Lillian was active in the Lutheran Church Women on the conference, synodical and national level. She was a synodical delegate to the National Convention of the LCA in 1974, 1976, 1980 and 1982.

In 2012, Lillian moved to Phoenix, Arizona were she resided with her daughter, Patricia and her family, until she went to the Lord.

She leaves to celebrate her life: Lynda Martin, Sherri (Walt) Gibson, Patricia (James) Lewis, Sheila Smoot and Renee Menzise, her twelve grandchildren; Leslie, Damian (Rachael), Brandy (Ejay), Samara, Shelley, Patrice, Robert III, Maurice, Malika, Jeffery (Porcha), Nakesa and Wahid, sixteen great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law Effie Harris and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. She also leaves a dear friend, pastor and “co-worker”, Pastor Leslie C. Schulz.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11 am at First Lutheran Church, 1208 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. The Rev. Brian Ferguson and The Rev. Fred Cook will preside at the service. Visitation with the family will be immediately before the funeral service from 9-11 am. Burial will follow the service at Spring Grove Cemetery. A lunch reception will be served at First, Cincinnati following the burial.

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