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Corey Lynn Smith

Corey Lynn Smith, age 28, of Wauseon, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Wednesday morning, January 20, 2016, in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 4, 1987, in Sylvania, Ohio to Phillip and Tara (Francis) Raye.

Corey worked for the Fulton County MRDD. She was very active in sports growing up, with softball being her favorite. Corey's greatest joy in life was spending time with her two daughters, Kylee and Raegan.

Corey is survived by her loving daughters, Kylee Lynn and Raegan Jean Smith; mother, Tara Raye; siblings, Alisha Anne (Rueben) Myers, Amber Tadsen, and Staci Raye; nieces and nephews, Cohen, Keria Jo, Wyatte, Haylee, Seth, and Silas; maternal grandmother, Nira Lee (Robert) VanGunten; and the father of her children, Charles Anthony Smith.

Corey was preceded in death by her father, Phillip Raye; and grandparents, Marge (Leonard) Raye and James (Kathy) Francis.

A memorial gathering to celebrate Corey’s life will be held on Saturday, January 30th at 13416 Lyons Highway in Sand Creek, Michigan.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to all of Corey’s co-workers at Fulton County MRDD for all they have done for her.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Kylee and Raegan Smith.

Residence: Wauseon, Ohio

Memorial Gathering: Saturday, January 30th at 2:00 pm at 13416 Lyons Highway in Sand Creek, Michigan

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I'll Miss Corey so much, every day when I walk into work it's just not the same without seeing her luminous smile and hearing her laugh, seeing her patience with all her clients. I try so hard to work and picture her there, but it makes it more difficult cause she's not there. Her smile and her loving care towards all of us shall be greatly missed. Just doesn't feel the same without her. I miss her like crazy!!

Ana Holz Feb 4 2016 12:00 AM

Thank you everyone for your kind words and love. She was my baby sister and I will never be the same without her in my life. I wanted to tell you SHELLY that she kept that folder and told me about it. I out it in her memory box she had started. Just wanted to let you know!

Alisha Myers Jan 31 2016 12:00 AM

Tara, Alisha, Staci and family we are so sorry for your loss. My heart is broken as I hold many memories as a child playing with my cousins. The way I feel cannot even be close to how all of you are feeling. You are family and if you ever need anything please let me know. Godspeed and lots of love and prayers to each of you in this tough time. Love, Amanda, Charlie, little Charlie, and Eva

Amanda (Raye) Buckey and Family Jan 25 2016 12:00 AM


JOANNE HENSON Jan 25 2016 12:00 AM

Every time I saw Corey she had a smile. I hope her daughters always hold onto that smile. She would want them to smile as difficult as that might be in the days, months and years ahead. She so wanted normal in her life. I remember seeing her at an appointment and saw her elephant purse. She told me how much she loved elephants. She said they were good luck if their trunks were up. I had just bought some fancy file folders and 1 had elephants on it with the trunks up, so of course I gave it to her! You would have thought I gave her the moon! Every elephant I see will forever remind me of Corey. She really was a gem and will be missed! Prayers to the family.

Shelly Jan 25 2016 12:00 AM

To the family of Corey Raye Smith, our hearts are also broken here at the Fulton County Board of DD, staff and individuals. We will miss her always. We only know a small part of the sorrow that you are feeling and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Paulette Carpenter Jan 24 2016 12:00 AM

I'm so sad and sorry for your loss. Kylee and Raegan, your mom was a very special woman. She loved you both very much. She cannot be replaced and that will be difficult. Please know that although I can't replace her or fix this difficult and sad time, that I am here. Kylee, if you just need to come to my room and get a hug, a Skittle, a penguin stuffed animal or to pet Franklin, you are always welcome. If you just want to talk, I'm here. If you just want to hang out, I'm here. I will not be able to attend your mother's gathering and I'm very sad about that. I would drop just about anything to be there. In this case, it's simply not something I can miss. To Kylee's family, please let me know if there is some way I can be of assistance. My heart breaks for your loss and for these girls. I've had the pleasure of being Kylee's teacher for 2 years (I moved up a grade level with her.) I can't imagine how difficult this time is for you. I'm struggling and I was not close with Corey. Praying and talking with God has helped me. As I worry about the girls, this verse has been of some comfort: Jeremiah 29:11-12 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call to me and pray to me, and I will listen."

Missy Eberle Jan 24 2016 12:00 AM

Tara, We are so sorry for your loss of your beautiful daughter Corey. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are just around the corner, if you need a shoulder....Love you

Friends at Lyons Main Stop Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss . Corey was a joy she brighten the room when she walked in . I had the pressure of working with her!!! She will be missed but not forgotten!!! Prayers to all of you!! 🙏👼🏼

Julane Tadsen Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

Steve and I are very sorry to hear about Corey and want to send our sincere condolences. I lost my mother December 20th unexpectedly after a surgery. We wanted to share with all of the family some comforting words that was given to us. Jesus Christ promised..

Steve and Tricia White Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

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