Clara Ann Smithson entered our world on May 8th, 1943, born to Lottie Smithson. On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024, Clara Ann Smithson departed our world and united with her heavenly father.

Clara Ann Smithson was a devoted and loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and cousin. Her faith in God and her desire to support others in recognizing God’s grace drove her participation in Christian ministry at Tower Grove Baptist Church, where she led classes each Sunday, helping her peers and the community know and appreciate the presence of God in their lives.

Clara Ann Smithson leaves behind many people who will miss her and unites with people who will cherish the impact she had on their lives. Although all may not be noted below, please know that Clara Ann Smithson knows you.

Cherished son of Gregory Polacek.  Loving sister of Barbara Osborn, Janis Bell, Debbie Davis, Clifford Smithson, Tony Smithson, and Kenny Smithson.

Clara is preceded in death by her mother Lottie Smithson, one sister Dottie Smithson, and a brother David Smithson.

Clara Ann Smithson also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and community members whom she loved and who will miss her voice, her guidance, and her love.

Clara Ann Smithson was a lover of cats, particularly Boo and Tasha. Donations in her honor can be sent to