Frances Smith

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Frances M. Smith, age 71, of Chesapeake, Virginia, formerly of Gaylord, Michigan, went home to be with the Lord on February 6, 2020.

Fran was born in Grayling, Michigan, on July 6, 1948, the second child of the late James E. and Magdalene F. (Holewinski) Smith.

Fran was a member of St Mary Cathedral. She enjoyed many hobbies, including embroidery, painting, bicycle riding, and most of all baking. She was known for her delicious banana bread, and her no-bake and snickerdoodle cookies. Fran had a big heart and a great love for animals, especially horses.

She is survived by her daughter, Crystal D Fairgrieve of Helena, MT; siblings, Thomas Smith of St Joseph, MI, William (Kathleen) Smith of Chesapeake, VA, James Smith (Janet Allen) of Gaylord, MI, Marybeth (Robert) Neubert of Gaylord, MI and Joseph (Jeanne) Smith of Chesapeake, VA. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

The family will gather for a graveside memorial in June at St. Mary Cathedral Resurrection Cemetery, Gaylord, Michigan.

Donations to honor Fran’s memory may be made to the Otsego County Animal Shelter, 256 Fairview Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

12 comments on “Frances Smith”

  1. Craig and Berni Seidell

    To all the Smith family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We remember Fran when she was growing up with all of your family. May she Rest In Peace. God bless.
    Craig and Berni Seidell

  2. Vic & Connie Ouellette

    To Smith Family, I can only echo what Craig and Berni wrote. You folks were part of our neighborhood family. Those were the days when we were a neighborhood family. I remember Franny, and will keep her and your family in our prayers.

  3. Smith family,
    Remembering Fran on the playground and the good times playing. I’ll keep her in my prayers. My deepest sympathy to the family. Diane Prusakiewicz Wiechec

  4. Smith Family, My deepest sympathy. Remembering the good times at school with Fran. She’ll be in my prayers. Diane Prusakiewicz Wiechec

  5. To our forever friends, the entire Smith family,
    We offer our deepest condolences. May the perfect peace of Jesus bring comfort during your time of loss. You are ALL in our many thoughts and prayers!❤️

  6. Remembering Fran and all of the Smith family from our neighborhood. We are so sorry for your loss. She was such a good hearted friend. May she rest in peace and happily reunited with your mom and dad.

  7. Dooley & Debbie Bizzell

    We are asking the Lord to comfort the entire family as they mourn Fran’s loss. Scripture teaches us as believers “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”. What a hope and an inheritance!

  8. Brenda (Walsh) Moore

    Oh dear lord you just gained the oldest,dearest, friend of my youth.
    Was so shocked to see this.
    Banana bread and snickerdoodles I remember how most.💞
    YOU will be forever missed and forever my dearest friend Frannie😘❤

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