Nina Harbison

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Nina L. Harbison, nee Troutman, 98, of Smithton, Il, born April 23, 1924, in Black, MO, died Thursday, February 16, 2023, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Nina retired as foreman after 27 years at the Belleville Shoe Manufacturing Co. She was a dedicated member of St. John’s United Church of Christ of Smithton IL, and the Ladies Guild at the church. Nina was a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #937, the Smithton Senior Center, Smithton Turner Ladies and the Smithton Sportsman Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Delmar Harbison, whom she married on October 31, 1944, and who died on January 10, 1978; her parents, Raymond and Mary, nee Miller, Troutman; four brothers, Ralph (Delsie) Troutman, James (Sue) Troutman, and Carter (Joann) Troutman and Elnoah Troutman in infancy; three sisters, Louise (Donald) Carty, Betty (Bill) Edwards, and Rayma (James) Midyett; two sons-in-law, Tony Becherer and James Bazzel; a daughter-in-law, Karon Harbison; and a granddaughter-in-law, Dani Harbison.

She is survived by one son, Gary Harbison of Smithton, IL;
two daughters, Kay Bazzel of Smithton, IL, and Debi (Joel) Boeving of Smithton, IL;
six grandchildren, Dale (Lisa) Becherer, Kimberly Quirin, Gary B. (Gina) Harbison, Brad Harbison (fiancé Chrissy Vogt), Jamie (Chris) Joseph, and Joel (Holly) Boeving;
12 great-grandchildren, Ashley (Andrew) Pfeil, Kayla Quirin (fiancé Tom Banks), Sawyer Becherer (Emily Dierks), Lily Becherer (Jayce Pennington), Bryon Harbison, Bryce Harbison, Gretta Harbison, Olivia Joseph, Wes Harbison, Molly Harbison, Mia Boeving, and Brooks Boeving;
two great-great grandchildren, Axton and Abram Pfeil;
and many nieces, and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL or to the Smithton Senior Center. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2023, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 11a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

Burial will be held at Smithton Cemetery, Smithton, IL.


12 Comments on Nina Harbison

Gail Caminiti said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2023 at 6:51 PM

So sorry. She was a great lady. I thought a lot of her.

  • Caseyville
  • Illinois
Hunter Borger said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2023 at 2:48 PM

I wish I could make it to show my condolences to the whole family. So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Kevin and Cindy said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2023 at 5:03 PM

Kevin & I wish we could be there. Nina will always be remembered for the many wonderful things she contributed to many people's lives. She has a beautiful & loving family and Nina touched so many people's lives in a positive way. Prayers for comfort to Nina's family. You're home now Nina, happy Heavenly reunion.

  • Burpengary East
  • Queensland
Dale Blaes said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2023 at 7:34 PM

Debi, please except my sympathy on the loss of your Mother.May She RestinPeace

  • Marissa
  • IL
Carol (Becherer) Popp said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2023 at 6:27 PM

To Nina's Family - We are so very sorry for your great loss. Sending hugs and prayers.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Mark Forcade said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2023 at 5:26 AM

To Gary, Kay, Debi and family’s. Very sorry to hear of Nina’s passing. She was a sweet lady. Always nice to see and speak with her. Please except my sympathy.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Jacki Flanagan née Schenewerk said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2023 at 12:19 PM

Deepest sympathy to Gary and all Nina’s family. We will keep you in prayer as you say your final goodbyes to a mom and friend.

  • Chino Vallley
  • AZ
Donna and Dave Cline said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2023 at 10:49 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Nina was a wonderful person and so kind to everyone. She will be always have a place in our hearts.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Dora Garland said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2023 at 9:44 AM

If you need a role model example, it would be Nina. A leader at work; a Christian wife and mother, loving Grandma. Too many to list here.My sympathies to her dear family....." When I visit my memories, she will be there...."

  • Smithton
  • IL
Rick Haas said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2023 at 7:20 AM

What a sweet lady, she will be missed. My sympathies to the family.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Kent and Debra Boeving said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2023 at 7:18 AM

Our condolences, thoughts and prayers.

  • Biloxi
  • MS
Jim & Joann Bay said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2023 at 5:29 PM

Please accept our deepest sympathy. Have many fun memories of Nina & your dad from dances at Turner Hall . She was a hard working person in all the organizations she belonged to. She loved her family and doing things with them. Nina will be missed by many.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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