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MARIE E. SMITH
Marie Eileen Smith, of Lewistown, MO died Sunday, September 02, 2007 at 5:00 AM at her home in Lewistown at 61 years of age, following a valiant 14-year battle with cancer.
The daughter of Ervin and Eileen Hall Suzor, Marie was born on February 25, 1946 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Marie united in marriage with Sam Smith on December 10, 1976 in Weatherby, Missouri.
An active member of Park United Methodist Church and Miracle Workers of Lewistown, Marie was also a Leader of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship for many years in the Lewis County area. Following 23 ½ years of service, she retired from the USDA Farm Service Agency of Monticello, Missouri, in 2006, where she served as the County Executive Director for sixteen years.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, aunt, sister and friend to many, Marie lived for her family.
Those surviving include her husband, Pastor Sam Smith of Lewistown, Missouri; five children, Michael (Rhonda) Zajac, of LaBelle, Missouri, Christine (Rick) Stefano of Medford Lakes, New Jersey, Todd Smith of Muncie, Indiana, Shawn Smith of Overland Park, Kansas, and Don (Betsy) Smith of New Berlin, Illinois; 20 grandchildren, Jesse May Zajac of St. Louis, Missouri, Elisha, Jonathan, Gabrielle, and Lily Zajac and Amy Whitaker, all of LaBelle, Missouri, Randall Jestes of Maysville, Missouri, Amanda, Brant and Dalton Jestes, Zackary, Alexandra, Shanell and Ricky Stefano, all of Medford Lakes, New Jersey, Dustin, Dena and Danyelle Smith, all of Muncie, Indiana, and Lauren, Morgan, and Megan Smith, all of New Berlin, Illinois; 2 great-grandchildren, Kaleb Jestes of Maysville, Missouri, and Emily Lechner of Medford Lakes, New Jersey; her parents, Ervin and Eileen Suzor, of Branford, Connecticut; 3 sisters, Kathy Russell, Karen Balcerzak of Branford, Connecticut, and Sharon Dallapegorara of West Springfield, Massachusetts; 3 brothers, Jim Suzor of Kerrville, Texas, Bill Suzor of Athol, Massachusetts, and John Suzor of Seattle, Washington.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one grandson, Isaac Zajac, and a niece Heather Balcerzak.
Reverend Virgil Clow officiated for funeral services with Nola Bradley and Rose Mary McCutchan as musicians were held Wednesday, September 5, 2007, at the Park United Methodist Church in Lewistown.
Grandsons Randy Jestes, Jesse Zajac, Elisha Jestes, Brant Jestes, Jonathan Zajac, and Dalton Jestes served as pallbearers and Ricky Stefano, Dustin Smith, and Zackary Stefano served as honorary pallbearers with burial in the Lewistown Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Marie Smith in Memorials for the Park United Methodist Church or to Blessing Foundation for Hospice and may be left with or mailed to Arnold’s Funeral Home, 112 West Main, Lewistown, Missouri 63452.
Online condolences may be left at www.arnoldsfuneralhome.net.