Sarah A. Smith

Born: Thu., Nov. 18, 1915
Died: Fri., Mar. 1, 2013


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Mon., Mar. 11, 2013
Location: Guisinger Chapel

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Mon., Mar. 11, 2013
Location: Guisinger Chapel

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Sarah Arvilla Smith, 97, of South Bend, IN passed away at 2:55 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 at West Woods of Niles.   She was born on November 18, 1915 in Sauble, MI to Charlie and Leona (Lamunion) Ross.   On October 7, 1961 in South Bend, IN, she married Raymond J. Smith who preceded her in death on  July 24, 1990.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her children, Lawrence (JoAnn) Burrington of Osceola, IN; Marian (Jim) Wetzel of Richland, WA, Mary (Dennis) Wilson of Mishawaka, IN, Susan Marvel of Largo, FL and Betty Mae (Vern) Freeze of Pottsboro, TX; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-five plus great grandchildren; forty-five plus great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Mike Smith and thirteen brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Smith moved to South Bend in 1958 coming from Michigan.  She was a member of Maple Grove United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St. South Bend, IN.  Graveside services and burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery, South Bend.  Friends may visit with the family from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Sarah Smith may be offered to the Homeless Veteran Shelter, South Bend, IN.  Online condolences may be sent to

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David Marvel
   Posted Sun March 03, 2013
Grandma Sarah was the most kind and loving person, she was ALWAYS there for me and she taught me to help, respect and be kind to other people, and that everyone is a good person until proven otherwise. I have so many memories of her that i will cherish and take comfort in. there will never be another Grandma like her, her love and care for me is the reason i am the man i am today. I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH GRANDMA and i am going to miss you more than words can ever say. You are such an inspiration to me and many others to be the best you can be. As you travel through the new path of your journey home to GOD, ALWAYS remember that you are LOVED, THOUGHT OF, and FOREVER IN MY HEART.
Until we meet agian,
I Love you,
your Grandson David

Susan Marvel
   Posted Mon March 04, 2013
What do you say when you've lost one of the most precious people in your life....."AGAIN" do you cope? I was blessed to have 2 mothers, my biological Mama, Lucille, who left this earth in 1998, and the beautiful woman my Daddy married in 1961, Sarah. She treated and loved me as if she had given birth to me. My Mama thought the world of her and they became good friends. My children loved her immensely and she returned that love to them. Also I could never thank her enough for taking care of my Daddy in his declining years, she was an angel. I am really going to miss our weekly Sunday talks. I don't usually pay attention to horoscopes but for some reason I checked hers last Sunday and it said "You feel like a helium balloon floating freely today which is why you're not quite sure what to do......No worries." I interpret that to mean that God is putting angel wings on her right away. Now I have my wonderful memories to keep me always my unending love and hugs Mom till we meet again.

Cindy Marvel
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
I always loved going to see Grandma and Grandpa in the "country". Coming down their road to see that huge Christmas tree all lit up... Grandma was a no nonsense woman and didn't take sass from the young ones. She let us grind coffee for hours, played Euchre with us, let us go out into the garden for fresh vegetables and berries, not to mention the rhubarb that was so sour you just couldn't stop eating it. She always laughed at me for wearing gloves to the garden and for running when the big bugs came after me. Her and Grandpa were the only ones who ever came to my high school softball games and I will never forget that. I will never forget Grandma. I will love you always and will see you again.

   Posted Mon November 25, 2013
My great grandma, she was the kindest most sweetest person I have ever met. I was so blessed to get to grow up so close to her! My sister and I used to spend all of our free time at her house! We would always go to church with her, help her garden, go on walks through the woods, and so much more! We would always go to her house and play board games or card games, we would always look through pictures. She never got mad at us no matter how bad we were. I miss her so much! It still hurts. The pain still hasn't gone away. It sucks that I didn't go to see her enough before she passed. I wish I would have made time to go see her. I am thankful that she got the chance to meet my son! Although I wish she could have had more time with us! I miss you grandma and I love you so much!

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