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Martha "Marty" Jean Smith

Martha "Marty" Jean Smith
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Martha "Marty" Jean Smith

August 17, 2017

Service Details
 Cremation will be conducted and memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church; 320 N. Main St, Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Rev. Brenda Deily officiating.                       



Obituary Notice
 Martha "Marty" Jean Bosley Smith, 65, passed away August 17, 2017. Her joys, her sorrows, her memories created a beautifully intricate variety of blocks and colors for her life’s patchwork quilt.  Born in Detroit, MI September 24, 1951 to Delbert and Dorothy (Oestrike) Bosley, Marty graduated in 1969 from Livonia Stevenson High School, Livonia, MI. Following her graduation from MSU in 1973, a Sparty square would be included in the patterns of her life. On August 9, 1975 she was joined in marriage to her love, Steven Owen Smith adding a golden double wedding ring block. Other blocks and pieces followed: being a wife, watching her children grow and mature into fine young adults, integrating her life into First Presbyterian Church, working in capacities that helped others. Her quilt was expanded through camping trips with family and friends, traveling to 49 states, reading and gardening, all adding vibrancy and joy to her life.   Darker patches of sorrow were also added when her husband, her mother and father, and her infant son, Kenton Mitchell, preceded her in death.  Living with cancer ran like a dark thread through her adulthood but was never used to define a single block of her life.

God gave Marty a gift with the needle and thread and she shared her gift generously with family, Church, friends and many others.  Prayer quilts, church banners for many occasions, infant hospital blankets, are just a glimpse of the many ways Marty’s needle have brightened others’ days. Through sewing, quilting, and embroidery she has given gifts that will last through time.

Marty will be missed by her daughter Morgan Marie Smith, her son, Patrick Harrison Smith, sister Barbara Clark, brother Henry (Kathy) Bosley, sisters-in law Susan (Bill) Kerecman, Beth (Eric) Lutz, nieces and nephews, Heather, Alice, Stephanie, Amy, Nathan, Kimberly, Kristopher, great nieces and nephews, as well as, many, many friends.


  Memorial donations may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers/Centreville or St. Joseph County Commission on Aging (C.O.A).   Envelopes available at the funeral home or church.                                
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6 comments on article "Martha "Marty" Jean Smith"

Vicki Mericle

I would have met Marty many years ago when her husband Steve worked at Armstrong. They were a very special couple who looked out for one another. Later she worked at Armstrong too. She always worked hard and I appreciated her help. . I know her children will carry on their Mom's traditions. God bless them now and the days that lie ahead. She fought a courageous battle for a very long time. Rest in Peace now Marty.

Kim Adams

I've been walking by Marty's house most everyday for as long as I can remember with my dog. I would see her in her doing yard work and she would wave when she rode her bicycle past my house. I will miss her soft smile but I know she is with Steve smiling down at their children.

Chaplain Daniel Lane

Marty struggled for so long and we have all prayed for her, loved her, and will miss her so much. From our Retiree Connections, we will truly miss having Marty with us. The last time I sat with this courageous woman in her home she knew things were moving faster. Her faith was strong. Now Marty is experiencing in person what we only take by faith.

Marion Alice Walsh

Martha "Marty" Jean Bosley Smith will always be

Martha Jean (all one word), with curly red hair to her cousins.

I will never forget Martha Jean's courage, faith,

love for her family and friends, or her soft and gentle ways.

The world has lost a gentle, loving person and heaven has gained a beautiful angel.

Rest In Peace, Martha Jean, you will be missed.

Bonnie Hassenger

Morgan and Patrick: My condolences in the passing of your Mom. I worked with your Mom and Dad at Armstrong and knew both of them for many years. After I retired from Armstrong in 2016, I started seeing your Mom at the monthly Armstrong Retiree get-togethers and always enjoyed visiting with her. The last time we talked, she was telling me that both of you lived in Chicago and she was planning to go in for a visit. She talked about Morgan moving into a new condo and was happy for her. I liked Marty very much and am glad I knew her. Take care. Bonnie Hassenger

Charlene Zavala

Dear Morgan and Patrick,

Although your mom was a woman of many talents, she always had the most pride in her greatest achievement---her children. May you both treasure all of the wonderful memories she left behind. Our hearts go out to both of you. She will be missed by many.

--Charlene and Joe Zavala

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