Estella “Irene” Boggs Smith Harper, 81, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Springfield Memorial Hospital. 

She was born May 7, 1941,  the daughter of Corwin Sylvester Boggs, Sr. and Stella E. Shandor Boggs. She married Billy Ray Smith. Later she married George Harper in 1975 and he preceded her in death. 

She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert“Robbie” Smith.

Irene worked as a dental assistant as well as a waitress at Steak ‘n Shake. She was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, volunteering formany years.  

Survivors include her sisters, Grace McGlothlin of Rochester and Rose “Rosie” (George) Smith of Springfield; daughters, Debra (Ray) Hamilton-Marten of Raymond; Georgiann “Georgi” (Jim) Johnson and Jennifer “Jenny” Harper, both of Springfield; sons, Michael “Mike” (Dawna) Smith of Arkansas and Mark (Sandy) Smith of Springfield; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

Services were held Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. 

Funeral expense donations may be made to the Irene Harper Memorial Fund, c/o Debra Marten, P.O. Box 50, Raymond, IL 62560. Butler Funeral Home, Springfield was in charge of arrangements.