The warmth of her smile, endless compassion for others and leadership in the community will be treasured memories of Allison Margaret London Smith, 78, West Plains, Missouri, as family and friends gathered for a memorial service held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 28, 2021, at the Smith-London Bell Tower on the Missouri State University West Plains Campus, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Allison was a strong woman, passionate about her beliefs, a mentor, shaping the lives of those who looked up to her, but the love of her family was clearly the most important thing to her. She created a close-knit extended family who share in understanding her great achievements. She never left a friend without a hug, a laugh and a feeling you’d meet again soon.
Mrs. Smith passed away at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at her home.
She was born December 1, 1942, at Kansas City, Missouri, to William J. London, Sr., and Emily Allison London. On June 5, 1965, she was married at Kansas City, Missouri, to Dr. Bruce Mitchell Smith, who preceded her in death on May 3, 2001. She graduated from Southwest High School in Kansas City and received her Education Degree from University of Missouri. Mrs. Smith was a member of Daughters of American Revolution, Gamma Phi Beta sorority (Lifetime member) and Board of Governors Missouri State University (President). She was an English Teacher at West Plains High School and MSU-WP. She loved her students like they were her own family. She also worked with her husband developing hotels and shopping centers in Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. Allison always made others feel special; nothing gave her more satisfaction than someone telling her the story of how she changed their lives for the better.
She is survived by two children, Travis Mitchell Smith and wife, Karen, Dora, Missouri and Chase London Smith, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Emily Anastasia Smith, Evan Mitchell Smith, Elijah Jackson Smith, Sydney London Smith and Spencer Douglas Gille; one great-grandchild, Duane Mitchell Smith; and her nieces and nephews, Allison Murphy, Betsy Masters, Bill London, Bill Goodnow and Bryon London.
Her parents, husband, one brother, William J. London, Jr. and one sister, Katherine London Goodnow, preceded her in death.
A private burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Missouri State University West Plains Campus and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO 65775. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com