BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Darlene Spencer Keown Smith died January 10th, 2013 in Bowling Green, KY. She was a born in Riverside, KY to Sylvia Jewel Moore and Charles Hayden Spencer Sr. on May 1st 1933. She is preceded in death by her parents, two husbands: Ernest Otto Keown Jr. of Hawesville, KY and Paul Julius Smith of Smyrna, TN, her daughter Debra Denise Keown Jordan of Bowling Green, KY, and her two brothers: Charles Hayden Spencer Jr. of Cox Creek, KY and Delbert Waddle Spencer of Phoenix, AZ.
She is survived by one son Dr. Kevin Otto Keown, MD, his wife Judith of Jesup, GA., five grandchildren, Shellie Willett Hardcastle and her husband Dr. Samuel Hardcastle of Bowling Green, KY, Shanon Willett Simons and her husband James Gregory of Nashville, TN, Kelly Keown Dilgerand husband Jerry Joseph of Big Lake, MN, Kyle Keown of Jesup, GA, and Kristen Keown Tangen of Jesup, GA., and five great-grandchildren, Kadyn Dilger, Jacey Dilger, Brayden Tangen, Kaydee Tangen, and future baby Hardcastle.
Ms. Smith was a 1950 graduate of College High School in Bowling Green, KY and attended college at Western Kentucky University and Bowling Green Vocational School. She was active in several clubs when she was younger such as girl scouts and rainbow girls. In Hawesville, KY (where she lived 14 yrs) she was extensively involved in Homemakers, the PTA, bridge club and Sunday school class at Hawesville Baptist Church. She was an active member of the DAR Stones River chapter in Smyrna, TN and she was a commissioned Kentucky Colonel by former Governor Louie B. Nunn. She attended Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green, KY. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge, and was a world traveler.
Visitation will be from 12pm-3pm Saturday January 12th at Johnson-Vaughn Funeral Home followed by a memorial service.
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