Obituary: Carol Jean Smiley

Carol Jean Smiley, age 74, of Quapaw, Okla., passed from this life on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, at the home of her daughter in Miami, Okla.

Carol was born Nov. 14, 1947, in Joplin, Mo., to the union of Charles L. Crane and Irma L. (Scott) Crane. She graduated from Miami High School with the class of 1965. She was married April 6, 1966, and to that union, her four children were born.

Carol made a big impact on her community and made lots of friends over the years. She owned and operated the Sedgwick Sandwich Shop in Sedgwick, Kan. Then she managed the reception desk at Hertzler Medical Clinic in Halstead, Kan. She then retired and moved back to the area she grew up in. She was a member of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma and the Fellowship Baptist Church, Baxter Springs, Kan.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Irma Crane, and nephew, Tyler Crane.

Carol is survived by three daughters, Sheri Smiley and partner Kevin Braun of Kansas City, Kan., Tamara Reeves and husband Jeff of Miami, Okla., Susan Attocknie of Miami, Okla., a son, Chad Smiley of Anchorage, Alaska, a stepdaughter, Allison Blake of Chapman, Kan.; two sisters, Susan Hollon of Quapaw, Okla., and Charlene Brewster and husband Miles of Quapaw, Okla.; brother Charles “Steve” Crane of Quapaw, Okla.; eight grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 31, at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Pastor Shane Dotson will officiate. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Pallbearers for the service are Chad Smiley, Kyle Arnall, Zach Clark, Ian Attocknie, Corey Reeves, and Ethon Martin. Memorial contributions may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church or American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at

You can view a star in her honor. This star can be found on the International Star Registry. Her star is named “Carol Jean’s Star,” and the coordinates are Scorpius RA16h36m40.86sD-40°1’11.42”.

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