Obituary of Laurie Lee Smith
Laurie Lee Smith, of Essexville, our sweet, gentle, kind, and most compassionate and devoted wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt, and friend was born into eternal life on the afternoon of Saturday, March 25, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. Laurie was the daughter of the late James Carl and Norma Jane (Allen) Webber. She graduated with the Class of 1967 from Ernest W. Seaholm High School in Birmingham. Set up by a mutual friend, Laurie happened to meet Mark Smith at Ideal Party Store. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on October 21, 1983. She worked at Charter Communications for over twenty years, Ideal Party Store for ten years, and many may remember Laurie and Mark in their six years as the owner/operators of Mud Hen Espresso by the Bay. Family always came first with Laurie. She was an exceptionally caring and supportive wife and mom to her two boys. She treasured time spent on Lake Mitchell in the summers and was active with the Yellow Ribbon Guards and the 1% Food Pantry benefiting veterans. Laurie’s memory will live on for years to come, and her selfless devotion to others will never be forgotten. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 33 years, Mark Smith and their two boys: Bruce (Lona) Smith and Arthur (Rosie) Smith. She was the unconditional loving grandma of Brendon, Austin, Savannah, Cynthia, Melina, Hoyt, Julia, and great-grandma of Carson. Laurie will remain alive in the hearts of her siblings, David (Kris) Webber and Susan Anderson; sister-in-law, Stephanie Webber; nephews and niece, Duke (Deana) Webber, Marc (Carrie) Webber, Tasha (Rich) Fudge, Tyler Anderson, along with her in-laws, Eugene (Pam) Smith and Laura (Mike) Langenburg, and their children. In addition to her parents, Laurie was welcomed home to heaven by her brother, Denny Webber. Laurie’s family will be present to receive visitors on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil for Laurie at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Friday, March 31, 2017, Laurie will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of Laurie’s 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with cremation to follow. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.