Memorials may be made to Pleasant Plains Zion Lutheran Church Roof Fund or to the American Cancer Society.
She was born April 11, 1937 in Cherokee the daughter of Oscar and Olga Anderson Smith. She married Theodore W. Mahler, also from Cherokee in 1956 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in rural Cherokee.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Pleasant Plains; the Pleasant Plains 50 Plus Club; Ladies Breakfast Club and past member of Zion Ladies Guild. She was a supporter of "Relay for Life".
She is survived by her husband Ted; five children Deborah L. Sparling, Tim Mahler and Steve Mahler all of Springfield and Dave (Julie) Mahler and Brad Mahler both of Pleasant Plains; eight grandchildren; Heather and Shannon Sparling and Adam Mahler, all of Springfield, Crystal Schneider (husband: SPC Joshua) of Fort Lewis, Washington D.C., David Paul and Clifton Mahler, both of Pleasant Plains, Michael Sparling of Collinsville, and Zackery Mahler of Hannibal, Mo.; three great grandchildren Ashleigh Sparling and Elliott Schneider, both of Fort Lewis, Washington D.C., and Eva Chipol of Springfield; two sisters Ellen Gregg of Cherokee, and Mary Louise Millard of Wauwatosa, Wis.; one aunt, one uncle and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Her parents, one granddaughter: Amber Rose Sparling, one brother: Sherwood "Woody" Smith, and one sister: Shirley Smith preceded her in death. She retired as a Unit Clerk from Memorial Medical Center.