Shirley J. Smithof Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Manchester & Gregory, age 89, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in her home. She was born May 29, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Jack Vincent & Rosina Domatilla (Schillinger) King.  Shirley was raised in Detroit during the Depression.  After her marriage, she traveled with her husband while he was in the Army, and later they lived in Manchester, and on a farm in Gregory.  She has lived in Chelsea for over 30 years.  She was physically active, mowing with a push mower until she was 80, and she enjoyed exercise, especially aerobics.  She had many friends, and enjoyed a special group of friends that met every Friday night for 25 years.

She married Edwin Frank Smith in 1950, and he preceded her in death on May 31, 1992. Survivors include two daughters, Leslie J. Gallop of Chelsea, Kathy A. (Brian) Conley of Ft. Meyers, FL; her son, Gregory D. Smith of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; a brother, William King of Clinton Township; 3 grandchildren, Brian, Sarah, Crystal; 5 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Shirley was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Smith and two sisters, Olive Bruckman and Norma King. She had many dogs in her life whom she loved dearly and is survived by her very special companion, Dude.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Friday, March 9th, from 4-8 pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to Huron Valley Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

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#2 Donna Whalen 2018-03-08 17:23
Kathy, Brian and family,
My heart is with you during this time. It’s comforting to know your Mom is free of illness and pain. There will always be memories this is the one thing that helps pull us through our sorrow. I love you all ❤️
#1 Jana W Dreyer 2018-03-07 11:21
To Shirley's Family, Shirley will always have a special place in my heart. I got to know her when we lived in Ann Arbor and she shared an important message with me which was life saving. Love & Blessing to her family and her pals from the Friday night get together. Jana Dreyer

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