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Updated: 02/07/2014 08:00:01AM

Betty Jane Coolley Smith

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Betty Jane Coolley Smith, 88, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla.

She was born Feb. 18, 1925, in Indianapolis, Ind., to John and Carolyn (nee Burgett) Coolley.

Betty was educated in Charleston, Ill., at the Eastern Illinois Teacher’s College High School and the University of Illinois, where she participated in drama, speech contests and numerous other social and educational pursuits. She married Jack B. Smith of Champaign, Ill., on June 28, 1946.

Betty began her career in the Office of the Circuit Clerk, Probate Division; she was elected as the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Champaign County, Ill., and served two terms. While Circuit Clerk, she served as Secretary, Vice President and President of the Illinois Association of Court Clerks. She was active in the Association of Court Managers. Upon retirement, Betty and Jack built a home in Englewood, at Oyster Creek Golf and Country Club, and moved there in 1991, where she continued her many community activities. She is a member of Community Presbyterian Church in Englewood.

Betty is survived by her children, Jack (Janice) Smith of Edison, N.J., Judith (Tom) Clarke of Riverside, Calif., and Travers City, Mich., James (Karen) Smith of Florida, Janet S. Wells of Savoy, Ill., and Julia Anne Smith: six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; and her daughter, Jane Waldbillig.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions c/o Will Coolley, P.O. Box 203. Brocton, IL 61917, to assist in the maintenance of Fairfield Chapel in Newman, Ill. You may share a memory or express condolences to the family at

Arrangements are by Englewood Community Funeral Home with Private Crematory.

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