79 year old Darlene Ruth Smith of Sparta died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Lutheran and a homemaker. The family has chosen cremation. She was preceded in death by her parents, August Charles and Charlotte McDonald and a son, Jon S. Smith. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, John S. Smith. Two daughters, Kelly Spencer of Goodlettsville and Megan Dougherty of Severna Park, Maryland. Five grandchildren, Erin Morris, Nicholas Smith, Mason Smith, Harper Dougherty, and Devin Dougherty. One great grandchild, Sophie Morris. One brother, Merle McDonald of Jacksonville, Florida and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.