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May 2, 2014

D’Lema Louise Smith Baughman

MUNCIE — D’Lema Louise Smith Baughman, born Aug. 20, 1926, was called to her eternal home on Thursday, May 1, 2014. She was born in Knox County, Ind., the fifth child of Clarence and Marie (Ellerman) Smith Sr.

She was raised on a cantaloupe and watermelon farm, and always loved her yard and gardens. She was baptized at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Knox County, Ind. She married Millard Dale Baughman on Aug. 26, 1950, in the living room of her parents’ Bean Blossom, Ind., home. Mrs. Baughman worked in the personnel department at Camp Atterbury and the accounting departments of RCA and Sears and Roebucks, but primarily devoted her life and love to her immediate and extended families and neighbors, always handy with a note, a card, a smile or a meal. She was a lifelong Missouri Lutheran Synod Lutheran, a member of Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Lutheran Church of Morgantown, IN and attended other congregations including Immanuel Lutheran Church of Terre Haute, Ind., and, most recently, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Muncie, Ind. She and M. Dale moved to Terre Haute, Ind., after spending 10 years affiliated with the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She has lived with her daughter Dlynn and family in Muncie, Ind., since 2005.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, M. Dale Baughman, in 2003; brothers, Arthur Smith and Clarence Smith Jr.; sisters, Beulah Ackerman and Mary Sluss; two nieces; and one nephew. She is survived by her children, Dala (John) Beard of Houghton, Mich., Dlynn (Joe) Melo of Muncie, Ind., and Brad (Cynthia) Baughman of Nashville, Ind.; three grandchildren, Viveka Lee Melo, Olivia Louise Baughman and Grace Marie Baughman; two sisters, Donna (Keith) Rhoades and Lueallin (Dwight) Pate of Morgantown, Ind.; one brother, Luther M. (Barb) Smith Sr. of Bean Blossom, Ind.; and 21 nieces and nephews.

She was the third generation of German immigrant grandparents and proud of her German and English heritage. She was “sharp as a tack” and “stubborn as a mule” and loved her Hoosier idioms. She set great examples of kindness and goodness, and the legacy she left is the life she led following Christ.

Friends may call from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 610 N. Reserve St., Muncie, Ind., followed by services at 6 p.m., with Pastor Daniel Mackey officiating.

Funeral services will be at noon on Monday, May 5, 2014, at Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5802 N. Old Settlers Road, Morgantown, Ind., with Pastor Phillip Meadows officiating. Friends may call on Monday at the church from 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow in Nebo Memorial Park, Martinsville, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Lutheran Hours Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141.

The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at:


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