Onie Edith Smith White of Pauls Valley left this life on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 105 years. She was born on November 4, 1907 in Redden, Oklahoma to John Hemstead Givens and Sophia Virginia (Kemp) Givens.
Onie was raised in Purcell and attended school there. She married Thomas Jefferson Smith on November 16, 1922 in Purcell. They raised 4 children, Valgene, Jackie, Jimmie, and Janice in Maysville where they ran a grocery store for several years. Later she worked as a switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company until her retirement. Mr. Smith passed away in 1962. She married Don White in 1965 and moved to Paoli and later Mr. White died in 1977. In 2003 Onie moved to Pauls Valley to live in the Donihoo/ Colley Complex. Her hobbies were working in her yard and garden. She also enjoyed doing crafts and making quilt tops by hand. Onie was Mario Lopez’s oldest fan. She was called Canny for many years because her first granddaughter couldn’t say Granny and all of her family and friends called her that for the rest of her life. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Her survivors include her daughters: Jackie Mulford of Wayne; Jimmie Church and husband Riley of McAlester; and Janice Downey and husband Kenneth of Harrisonville, Missouri. Brother, Emmitt Givens of Modesto, California. 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 12 great great grandchildren. And many other relatives and friends.
Onie was preceded in death by her parents; son Valgene Smith; husbands, Thomas Jefferson Smith and Don White; granddaughter, Linda Indermill; and great granddaughter, Tracey Indermill; 2 son-in-laws, Charles Morphew and Cleo Mulford.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the Maysville Cemetery with Sam Bray officiating. Burial will be under the direction of John Williams of Winans Funeral Home, Maysville, OK . Condolences may be sent to the family at www.winansfuneralhome.com