The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 24, 2014

Penny J. Smith

The Commercial-News

---- — COVINGTON, Ind. — Penny J. Smith, 50, of Covington, passed away at 5:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born Nov. 15, 1963, in Great Bend, Kan., to Robert and Mary Jane Ryerson Weaver.

She had been married to Brad Cruea, with whom she had one son, and later Craig Smith.

She is survived by one son, Tra (Macy Puff) Cruea of Covington; fiancé Chad Holmes of Covington; a step-son, Josh Holmes; seven siblings, Jim Weaver, Kevin Weaver, Craig (Becky) Weaver, Curtis Weaver, Lori Hall, Mitch (Wendy) Weaver and Luke (Nikki) Weaver; a granddaughter, Ava Grace Cruea; mother-in-law Ruth Duncan; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Penny had worked for 20 years as a tour guide at the Spring Creek Welcome Center on I-74. Following that, she began cleaning houses. Penny was a sports fanatic, but especially loved Bobby Knight and Indiana University. She also was an Indianapolis Colts fan and a softball player and was active as a coach and umpire in her son’s Little League teams.

Penny enjoyed her annual trip with her girlfriends to the Covered Bridge Festival. Along with her fellow Georgetown High School Class of ‘81 classmates, she began the pretty baby contest at the Georgetown Fair, which still goes on today.

A service to celebrate the life of Penny Smith will begin at 1 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 27, at Sunset’s Covington Chapel a Life Celebration Home, in Covington. Jerry Holmes will officiate. Cremation rites will follow. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 26, also at Sunset in Covington.

Memorials may be made to Penny’s family to assist with funeral arrangements. Please join Penny’s family in sharing memories, photos, and video of her life through her Tribute Wall at

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