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.