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Mary Jane Smith "Dolly"

June 3, 1923 August 23, 2018
Mary Jane Smith  "Dolly"
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Obituary for Mary Jane Smith "Dolly"

“Well hello! Come and sit down for a visit…” is what my mom would always say whenever anyone would stop over to the house. For those few moments or hours, you felt like the most special person in the world. We all had that same feeling…from us seven kids and our spouses, to her 18 grandchildren, or her 22 great-grandchildren and the extended family who would still call her ‘Grandma Dolly’. Our visits would always be the most wonderful conversations sprinkled with her sense of humor and sage advice. She had such vast knowledge on so many subjects and would always be up on current events or politics, I found myself asking her for the latest update if I missed something on the news. She shared so many stories of her childhood growing up near St. James Church in Bay City and being one of nine children in a house where French was predominantly spoken. You could see the pride she had when she spoke about her education and graduating summa cum laude at her high school where diagramming Latin sentences, English language / writing and understanding metering in poetry were foundational. She was still able to recite proper Latin grammar to me and explain trochaic and iambic poetry metering during one of our conversations earlier this month…. what an incredible memory. In fact, it was a running joke among us kids that if you couldn’t remember something, just ask mom and she would certainly know. It was amazing the experiences, special memories, foods you liked or disliked or other simple little things she would recall about any of us with such detail…it was easy to smile as she talked about things we had long since forgotten. You certainly knew how loved you were in those moments. Mom had many great passions…such as learning about her French-Canadian ancestry as evidenced through the hours of research at local libraries with my sister, Kyren and her niece, Babe…or reading poetry by many great authors, but especially Robert Louis Stevenson. The Book of Poems, challenging crosswords puzzles, the Bible, her readings for Sunday Mass at her beloved St. Jude Church, her research on the ‘Saint of Day’ to share with Father Dale and the songs she would practice for choir were always in the table by her chair in the living room. That same table seemed to hold many things near and dear to mom including her purse, her tablet and her smart phone. The thing I always knew about my mom was that having a smart phone and learning the latest technology enabled her to always stay connected to all her family and the friends she loved so dearly. That way she could answer phone calls while shopping at Kroger’s or Meijer…or send a voice command text just to say things like ...'So what's on your agenda for today?'...or… “I’m so happy for you! or... I’m so proud of you” ...or to communicate via Google chat with me many times a week…or check email…and even a rare review of Facebook just to see pictures the grandchildren had posted. My mom’s kindness, gentle spirit, empathy and great character were easily apparent to anyone who met her. We have been so blessed to have her in our lives for so long and certainly in our hearts forever. While going through the safe of mom’s cherished items this week, we found a 1992 newspaper clipping of a poem written about my mom by my Aunt Agnes (my mom’s sister) …it is perfect to share today.

Elusive Butterfly
To Dolly,
Fly little Butterfly, on gossamer wings
Up to the heavens where Angels sing
You must remember, you are loaned for a day
Then back to the earth, do not delay
To share your beauty and elegant grace
And the happy smiles on everyone’s face.
Flutter little Butterfly, to the celestial choir
Bring back the beauty we so desire.
Your journey has been long, how tired you must be.
Come visit my garden and sit with me.
Your Sister, Agnes

Left to cherish her memory are her six children: Pamela (Dennis) Denton of Delta Junction, Alaska, Bruce (Carol) Smith of Pinconning, Patrick (Rose) Smith of Essexville, Bradley (Lynn) Smith of Hemlock, Michael (Jody Adamski) Smith of Bay City, Kimberly (Dan Yordanich) Trevino of Bay City; son-in-law: Jack Campbell of Essexville 18 grandchildren: Brian Campbell, Laurie Stosik, Megan (Joe) Blanchard, Ryan (Heather) Allen, Kenzie Grapengeter, Justin (Megon) Smith, Shay (Phil) Dycewicz, Sara (Jim Alger) Maida, Trisha Jones, Kristie Smith, Matthew Smith, Rebecca Smith, Jenifer, Stephanie, Anna Jo and Madison Smith, Brittany and Ian Smith; 22 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
She was born June 3, 1923 in Bay City. On June 1, 1946 the former Mary Jane Bolduc married Clarence John Smith, Jr. in St. James Church and they shared their lives together for 52 years before his death on July 25, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Kyren Campbell, and five brothers and three sisters.
The family is very grateful for the care and support of McLaren Hospice especially Nichole, Lyndsay, Janelle, Carly and Ben.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday, August 31, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John Church), 614 Pine, Essexville with Rev. Dale A. Orlik presiding.
Per Mary Jane’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions may be directed to McLaren Hospice or St. Jude Thaddeus Parish. Visiting hours with the family will be Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 2:00 until 8:00 PM at the W. A. Trahan Funeral Chapel, and on Friday from 10:00 until the time of the Liturgy. For on-line sentiments:

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2:00 PM 8/30/2018 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/30/2018 8:00:00 PM
Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center

256 N. Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708

Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center
256 N. Madison Avenue Bay City 48708 MI
United States





11:00 AM 8/31/2018 11:00:00 AM
St Jude Thaddeus Parish - St. John the Ev. Church

614 Pine Street
Essexville, MI 48732

St Jude Thaddeus Parish - St. John the Ev. Church
614 Pine Street Essexville 48732 MI
United States

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McLaren Hospice


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