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Obituary – Alma Jean Mays Smith

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Alma Jean (Mays) Smith

March 14, 1940 – December 6, 2019

Alma Jean (Mays) Smith

March 14, 1940 - December 6, 2019 

Alma “Jean” Mays was born in Eads to Herman Fredrick William and Floy Leona (Brown) Mays. She grew up on their farm south of the town of Eads with her siste,r Wanda Lou Russell (Rocky). 

She attended Eads High School and Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. 

Jean married James Robert Smith September 17, 1959, in Alamogordo, New Mexico. They raised their four children in and around the Denver area. 

Jean is survived by her husband, Jim of Pueblo West; her children, Michael Jay of Arvada, Kelli Marie Brummet (Tim) of Centennial, Roberta Jean Pulse (Mike) of Columbus, Montana, and Patrick Scott (Elena) of Troutman, North Carolina. Jean is also survived by her sister, two brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Jean had a very busy life keeping a house and raising four kids, but we fondly remember she was able to enjoy many nights at the Lakeside Speedway or family excursions to the drive-in movies. She was always up for adventure and found creative ways to keep us all entertained. 

She spent most of her working life in sales. She even opened her own retail shop in north Denver, but ultimately found her passion selling real estate. 

Jean and Jim settled in Pueblo West for their retirement. They also spent many winters enjoying the warmth of Arizona. 

Jean took great pleasure in decorating her home, gardening, knitting, sewing, and crocheting. She also loved VW bugs, soaking in her hot tub, swim group exercises/socializing, building jigsaw puzzles, traveling, exploring, riding ATVs, NASCAR, and visiting her children and grandchildren. Jean was a very talented artist and musician. We are all very fortunate that she passed her many talents to her children and grandchildren. 

Jean had a tremendous love for animals. She enjoyed visiting the zoo and had many beloved pets. 

We are all very grateful for the treasured memories she was able to create for her family and friends. She lived a full, purposeful life and she will be greatly missed. 

Services will take place at 10:00 a.m. March 14, 2020,  at the Praise Community Church in Eads with the internment to follow at the Eads cemetery.