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Eleanor Alice Smith, age 96, of Allen, Texas, passed away on February 5, 2016. She was born July 7, 1919, in Emmett, Michigan to John and Mildred (McKenzie) Johnson. On August 10, 1946, Eleanor married Cecil A. Smith in Emmett, Michigan. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Cecil Smith, parents John and Mildred Johnson, and brother, Phillip Johnson. She is survived by her son, James A. Smith and wife Cheri of Allen, Texas; granddaughter Morgan Young and husband Sean, great granddaughters Jordan Young and Riley Young all of Lucas, Texas; sister, Marion Bushor of Port Huron, Michigan; her cats, Annie and Lucy, and many nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends. Eleanor was born on the family farm in Emmett, Michigan. She attended Central Michigan University in Mt Pleasant, Michigan, receiving a bachelor's degree in education in 1942. Eleanor taught elementary school in Caro, Michigan, and later in Vassar, Michigan where she resided with her family for many years. She was a member of St Jude Catholic Church, Allen, and of Allen Retired Educators Association. Making her home in Allen with Jim and Cheri for the past 16 years, she was an avid reader, former golfer, and passionate sports fan. She was well informed and conversant on many subjects, from the economy to politics, to Michigan State and Texas A&M sports teams. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and acquaintances both in Michigan and Texas. A graveside committal service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Riverside Cemetery in Vassar. Sr. Ellen Rinke officiating. Donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, AREA Scholarship Fund, or Catholic Charities of Dallas. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Penzien-Steele Funeral Home, 149 N. Main St. in Vassar.