Phyllis Inez Pirtle Smith

September 17, 2013 • Obituaries

Phyllis-SmithFuneral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, September 20, 2013, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Phyllis Inez Pirtle Smith, age 85, of Roswell, who passed away on September 15, 2013. Chapla[auth] in John Bariou will officiate with interment to follow at South Park Cemetery.

Phyllis was born June 24, 1928, in Roswell to J.C. Pirtle and Anna Patterson; they have preceded her in death as well as two sons: Thurman E. and Sephen A. Smith; brothers: Jesse Pirtle, Jerald Pirtle, Raymond Rockow and Ira Pirtle; sisters: Ruby Ashford and Ivalene Shannon.

Phyllis married Emmett Smith in Roswell on April 13, 1947. He also has preceded her in death.

Phyllis is survived by sister, Marie Tucker, and her husband, Harold, of Roswell; nine grandchildren: Dianna Bariou and her husband, John, of San Angelo, TX, Beverly Long, of Colorado Springs, CO, Shane Curry, of Alamogordo, NM, Robert Smith and his wife, Raven, of Elizabeth, CO, Mike Smith, of Las Cruces, Stephanie Ohle, of Vanceboro, NC, Terry Smith and his wife, Chrisi, of Roswell, NM, Kelli Ciaramitaro and her husband, Pete, of Memphis, TN, and Michelle Bradshaw and her husband, Tim, of Chicago, IL; She also had a multitude of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Phyllis received her degree at ENMU-Portales in 1962. She was a third-grade teacher at Del Norte School; she retired in 1983.

Condolences may be made online at

Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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