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Susan L. Smethurst

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Susan Louise Smethurst, age 73, loving wife, mother, sister, “Nana”, and friend, passed away suddenly, Wednesday, February 10, 2021, from acute myeloid leukemia.

She was born November 9, 1947, in Trenton, MI to Harvey “Bill” and Marge Morrison.

Susan was raised and attended school in Hillman, MI.

On September 1, 1968, she married David Robert Smethurst.  They raised two children, Brooke and Ross.  Susan dedicated her life to her family and the communities of Hillman and Gaylord, MI.

She had a passion for sea glass, rock hunting, quilting, bird watching, loose leaf tea, Jamaican Me Crazy wine coolers, gardening, reading, traveling, and researching her family ancestry.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, David Smethurst; her daughter, Brooke (John) Stahle; her son, Ross Smethurst; grandchildren, Andrew and Austin Stahle; and siblings, Dave Morrison, Rhonda (Jim) Brown, Doug Morrison, and Beth Morrison (Charles Gutierrez); and several nieces and nephews who she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Marge Morrison; her nephew, Neil Morrison; and her in-laws, George and Jean Smethurst.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Gaylord, with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego County Library through the Otsego Community Foundation, P.O. Box 344, Gaylord, MI, 49734, or the Pigeon River Country Association, P.O. Box 122, Gaylord, MI, 49734.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.

35 comments on “Susan L. Smethurst”

  1. My thoughts and prayers are with Susan’s family. I volunteered with Susan for years. She is the champion volunteer and a great coordinator. Our whole community will feel her loss.

    • Mike and Jane Flinn

      Dave, Brooke, Ross
      Jane and I are deeply saddened at Sue’s passing. We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to you, the grandsons, and Sue’s family. What a wonderful person and personality. She is in God’s hands now. Eternal rest be unto her.

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    • Doug and Connie Squires

      Our condolences to you, Dave, and your family. Sue was such a special lady. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

      • Dave and family, We were so saddened to hear of Sue’s passing. She had such a lovely smile and giving heart; she will be truly missed. Peace to you all. Helen and Don Crandall

        • Sue’s life within the community of Gaylord was more than special. Her personality alone would light up any room. Her caring nature was always evident. Most of us who had the good fortune to call her our friend, are the lucky ones. Her heart and sole was people. Sadly, the pain of loss will be felt forever, but her love of life will live on. Rest in Peace my friend.

          • Dave and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for strength and peace to all of you during this time and following weeks.
            May the good memories help heal your hearts.

            • Thinking of Sue with fond memories. She was always friendly, always kind, and always ready to help. May she rest well in God’s hands.

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            • Scott and Connie Cheney

              Sue was one of the first people I met 30+ years ago when I moved to the area. She helped introduce me to the spirit of volunteerism and was held in the highest regards by my folks who will be blessed to see her again. Dave and family – my heart breaks for you .

              • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Over the last few days Susan has been in my constant thoughts. I see her all over my house in the apron she made me, the valentines table runner she made us for our wedding, and pictures of the beach in Eleuthera. She will be missed greatly.

                • Our condolences to Dave and family because of your great loss. She was such a fine person. May she Rest In Peace, RIP.

                  Ed and Jane Sandri

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                • My thoughts and prayers are with Susan and family. My time working at the Volunteer Center was so much fun. Susan was one of the best I ever had the pleasure to work with/for. She was a wonderful, caring person who touched my life in so many ways. She will be missed greatly.

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                • So Sorry for your loss sending prayers and hugs . I will remember Sue from the different things we volunteered for together and the time she spent with our daughter Katie. Rest in peace Sue

                  • Sharon Regan-Brown

                    Dan and I are so sorry to see this news. Our deepest condolences. We enjoyed her every time we were together.

                    • Doug and Merrily Sterrett

                      Dave, Brook, Ross and family,
                      So saddened to hear of Sue’s passing. It was our honor to know her. Our deepest condolences to all.

                      • Smethurst family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was loved and appreciated as a friend. Sue will be missed by many. She left us all with good memories.
                        Carol Moyer

                        • Susan, the epitome of a giver. Her heart was pure with love and kindness always. A wonderful role model for volunteerism.
                          She will forever have a spot in my heart. I was one of the lucky ones who shared a wonderful friendship with Susan for over 20 years.
                          Dave, Brooke and Ross my heart is so sad for your loss as you all were her life. Keep those memories close to your heart always.❤️

                          • Phil and Cathy Hendges (Phillip and Christine)

                            Dave and Family, we are sending condolences and prayers for you and yours. The Phil Hendges Family

                            • Ron and Vicky Baum

                              I’m so sorry for the loss may she Rest In Peace. Prayers and hugs to comfort all the family and friends. God bless🙏

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                            • Sad news today about Sue. A major player in our class. Sue lived right down the street from me. We went through school together. I never saw Sue again after graduation. Some of the other people in our class kept me up to speed on our classmates.She will be missed. We are all better people for knowing her. Rest in peace Sue, you lived a good life. The rest of the Morrison family, our thoughts are with you.

                                1. David. Thank you for your kind thoughts. Growing up together allowed friendships that have lasted a lifetime. Sue is a peace. We will miss her deeply. She made all of us better.

                                2. I am so sorry to hear about Sue’s passing. We went to school together from the 3rd grade on in Hillman. My condolences to her family.

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                                3. Randy & Donna Dresback

                                  We want to pass on heartfelt sympathy to the entire family of Sue. The Morrison family have remained friends of our family for our whole lives. She was a classmate of both of us so we have so many memories of those days. We were able to reconnect with Sue in the last few years. Such a shock to hear of her death. We have reminisced with many of our friends about the good times we shared during our high school years, especially those that included times with Sue. So at this time we say RIP Sue. Randy and Donna Dresback

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                                4. Sheila E. Molenkamp

                                  I am very saddened to here of Sue’s passing. She was such a kind, fun person. My thoughts are with her family.
                                  Sheila E. Molenkamp

                                  • My deepest condolences to Susan’s family. I went to school with Sue & have many good memories of her & the entire Morrison family. The best! Rest In Peace!

                                    • My condolences to Mr. Smethurst and his family. Susan was a very sweet lady! May she rest in Peace!

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                                    • From all the Kaufman’s our deepest sympathies to the Smethurst, Morrison and Stahle families. Many fond memories of Susan,Dave Brooke and Ross. Thoughts and prayers to all. Gods blessings.

                                      • Joan McMahon Horning

                                        I met Sue as we were moving into Cargo Hall, Adrian College Sept 1966. We were freshman and roommates! We were both nervous and alittle scared to be away from home! We soon learned that we were going to have a fun year, lots of laughs, too much noise after curfew, boy talk and I was witness to the developing relation between she and Dave. So sweet. Many years later, what a surprise to learn we had a mature friendship through Lindy. She was able to tell me what a wonderful lady Sue was and an important part of the Gaylord community. Tom and I are so sorry for the unbelievable passing of Sue. Dave, may you and the rest of the family find peace in your hearts with the memories of love and joy with Sue. God bless.

                                        • Dave and family, I was so sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. Our friendship so many years ago was always a source of fond memories. Sue was a wonderful friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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                                        • A caring sweet soul has left us with a huge hole in our hearts.💞. Sue always went the extra mile, extending her thoughtfulness and kindness. Our sincere condolences to her family and prayers for her eternal peace.

                                          • Dave I am so sorry for your Loss. She always had a heart of Gold As you do. Take care of yourself .
                                            Sorry I didnt here of this earlier.

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