Shirley Smith

Shirley M. Smith

Dec 11, 1940 - Dec 4, 2019
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Shirley Mae Smith, 79, departed this life, December 4, 2019 at Advanced Specialty Hospital after a brief illness. Mom was known for her quick wit, her infectious smile, and her kind and compassionate spirit.

Shirley M. Smith was born on December 11, 1940 in Toledo, Ohio, the last of eight children. She was preceded in death by her parents, Queenie Mae and Henry Williams, sister, Lillie Mae Tellos; brothers, Albert (Eb) Mack, Otis Mack, Henry, Allen, Roger, and James Williams.

Shirley attended and graduated from Libbey High School where she participated in Track and Field and was known for her fast sprints. Following graduation, Shirley earned her nursing license at Toledo School of Nursing in 1958, was employed by The Toledo Hospital, and retired after 39 years and enjoyed a fulfilling and successful career. In 1958, she married the love of her life; Larry Smith and to that union, were born their three children, Markeeta Lynn (Marty), Lawrence Evan (Sneezy), Lori Lynn (Loopie),

In 1970, Shirley began bowling, which became her lifelong passion. Shirley combined her love for bowling, people, and travel, in 1978, she joined the Dunbar Elks League in 1978 as a member becoming the President of the league in 1990 and served until her passing.. Always the organizer, Shirley formed the Wednesday Night Ladies League at Interstate Lanes, the Monday Night All Stars at Imperial Lanes, and finally resuming Friday Night Bowl at Southwyck Lanes. Shirley had a flair for hospitality and loved creating meaningful memories and was well known for her Annual “Go Western”; a well-attended, western-themed, dance party held each January, which was a favorite of many bowlers, friends, and family. An integral part of the fabric of the bowling culture of Toledo, surrounding inter-cities, and throughout Ohio, Shirley’s bright light and positive energy will be sorely missed.

Shirley was a faithful and long-time member of Indiana Avenue Baptist Church for many years, where she served on the nurse’s guild.

Shirley Mae Smith is survived by husband, Larry Smith, daughters, Markeeta L. Smith, Lori Smith, (Roy), son, Lawrence E. Smith (Michelle); stepdaughters, Darla & Natalie, nine grandchildren, Tiarra,(Richard), De’gan, Royce, Jhordan, Tiara, Joenathan, Jeffrey, John, Natania, and five great grandchildren, Tianna, Rhianna, Richard III, Savannah, Miles, a host of nieces and nephews, family, dear friends, her bowling family, and esteemed colleagues.
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  • Visitation

    December 13, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    December 13, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    The House of Day Funeral Services Chapel
    2550 Nebraska Avenue
    Toledo, Ohio 43607
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  • Second Visitation

    December 14, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    December 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana Ave Baptist Church
    640 Indiana
    Toledo, oh 43604
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  • Service

    December 14, 2019 | 11:00am
    December 14, 2019 11:00am
    Indiana Ave Baptist Church
    640 Indiana
    Toledo, oh 43604
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    December 14, 2019 |
    December 14, 2019
    Historic Woodlawn Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Deborah Floyd

Posted at 02:08pm
R.I.P. My Beautiful Black Bold Aunt Shirley ..I Know You Will Be Missed.. Praying For My Family. Deborah Floyd & Family..


Posted at 10:47am
My deepest sympathy and love for you and your family many blessings to your family.
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Toni Heller

Posted at 11:17am
Our Sweet Diva Grammie! You will be missed dearly. Visits to Toledo won't be the same. Bay-Bay, Tiarra, and the entire Smith Family, you are in our prayers. We love you.

Toni & Neil Heller (Richard's parents)

Posted at 10:04am
Deepest condolences. You are in our prayers . Grammie is loved and will be missed dearly.
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Sandra Staunton

Posted at 09:04pm
My prayers, and condolences , are with you Lori and the family!
Sandra Staunton , Troy Allen sr.

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