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Louise Ione Smith

Louise Ione Smith, age 86, life-long resident of Lyons, Ohio, entered into eternal life on Friday, May 29, 2015 at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 13, 1928 in Delta, Ohio to Clare and Dortha (Shumaker) Rowland. She graduated Valedictorian of her 1946 Senior Class of Lyons School. In 1948 she married her beloved husband, Robert Smith. He preceded her in death in 1993.

In her early years, Louise worked for the Adrian Telegram. Later, she worked as a florist for Burkett Greenhouse, and then as owner and operator of Smith Flower Shop for several years. She retired in 1997 from the US Postal Service, where she worked as a postal clerk and rural mail carrier.

Louise was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish in Lyons until it closed in 2003. Since then, she has been a member of St. Caspar Catholic Parish in Wauseon. She was a member of the Lyons Historical Society, Lyons VFW Ladies Auxiliary, loved volunteering at the Fulton County Health Center following her retirement, and was one of the founding members of the Annual Lyons Chicken BBQ.

Louise enjoyed crocheting afghans for family, was well known for her delicious peanut butter pies, and was an avid Detroit Tigers, Pistons and OSU fan. Most of all, she loved her family – she loved spending time with them and never missed a sporting event, birthday, or a day in the sun by the pool.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Bill (Phyllis) Smith, Patty Slagle, Connie (Mitch) Smith-Warner, and Debbie (Kenny) Hudik; son-in-law, Gary Valentine; grandchildren, Mark Smith, Casey (Jessica) Smith, Ryndie (Chad) Bzovi, Aaron (Kelly) Valentine, Trisha (Tyson) Langenderfer, Brian (Jasmine) Slagle, Beth (Sage) Saliba, Angie (Chad) Patterson, Ashley (Josh) Mohr, Dustin (Melissa) Hudik, Nikki (Marc) Brubaker, and Katie Hudik; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Jessica, Claire, Collin, Carter, Morgan, Gary, Maggie, Marie, Tripp, Vaughn, Cy, Gavin, Hadley, Adalynn, Alivia, Dylan, Brandon, Logan, Ava, Emma, Jace, Ryder, Nolan, Marlee, Presley, Griffen, and Peyton; and sisters, Helen Peebles, Joan Bauer, Jeanette Fleck, and Kathy Damiano.

Besides her husband, Robert, Louise was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Cindy; and sister, Wilma Hinkle.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 3rd from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Pope John XXIII Room at St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be held Thursday, June 4th at 10:30 a.m. in the church with Fr. David Bruning presiding. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery in Lyons, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Lyons Historical Society or The American Cancer Society.

Residence: Lyons, Ohio

Visitation: Wednesday, June 3rd from 2 to 8 pm in the Pope John XXIII Room at St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon

Mass of Resurrection: Thursday, June 4th at 10:30 am at St. Caspar Catholic Church

Interment: Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery

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My condolences to the entire Smith/Slagle families. Patty, My sincerest sympathies at a very difficult time.

Tom Lammers Jun 3 2015 12:00 AM

Angie, I'm very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Michelle McKenzie Jun 2 2015 12:00 AM

You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day" May you find comfort in your memories you share.

The Family of John and Charlotte Tejkl Jun 2 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about your loss, but sounds like you have many many good memories of all the things you all did. Cherish them, and know you and your family meant everything to her. You know she will be with you everyday in your heart and is looking down on all of you with a loving smile.

Dave and Bev Hohenberger Jun 1 2015 12:00 AM

Thinking of all of you at your time of loss. God bless. John and Carla

John and Carla Laver Jun 1 2015 12:00 AM

To my dearest friend Angie. My deepest condolences on the death of your beloved Grandmother. My heart goes out to you, Ms Connie, and your sister. Love Kennyetta

Kennyetta White Jun 1 2015 12:00 AM

So many wonderful memories of the time spent with Louise. A beautiful lady inside and out. My sympathies to the entire family. May God bless you with comfort and peace.

Sharon L. Seaman May 31 2015 12:00 AM

A true blessing to our family. Many fond memories. Thank you for sharing her with us, she will be missed.

Lisa, Joe and Carlie Creque May 31 2015 12:00 AM

As I read Louise's obituary I was struck by the number of her descendants, and all of the photos I have seen of her with each and every one. She was a true matriarch and a loving example of what family is. My sincere condolences, she was a wonderful woman who loved and was loved.

Cindy Schwen May 31 2015 12:00 AM

We are so saddened to learn of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers!!

Joe, Sue and Diane Woodring May 30 2015 12:00 AM