Mary Joel Smith



MARY JOEL SMITH, 75, of Otisville, lost her battle with COPD on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Mary was born in Detroit, the fourth of nine children on December 7, 1945 to Dorothy (nee O’Brien) and Richard Larson Seward. She was raised in Michigan, Oregon and California, returning to Flint, MI in late 1963 after being united in marriage to Robert Edward Smith, III. A dedicated mother and wife, Mary devoted herself to caring for her family and always put them before herself. Mary and Bob settled in Burton in 1965, raised their family there and moved to the Otisville area in 1993. Outside of the home, Mrs. Smith also worked for many years as a machinist in small businesses in the Flint area, retiring in 2007. Mary enjoyed Bingo and meeting her siblings from around the country in Las Vegas whenever they could get together. She was a kind-hearted woman who otherwise doted upon her husband, kids and grandchildren.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her husband, Robert of Otisville; sons, Lonny of Burton, Mical (Lisa) of Otisville; grandson, Cody of Genesee Twp.; great-granddaughter, Findley; sister-in-law, Phyllis Bergquist of Flushing; nephews, Phillip (Emily) Bergquist of Lansing, Robert Joseph (Kelly) of Morrice; sister, Patricia Seward of Anchorage, Alaska; brothers, John and Frank Seward of Illinois and Charles Seward of California and also many nieces, nephews and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Teddy; siblings, Beau, Bob, Elizabeth and Margaret; nephew, Ricky Seward.

A Private Funeral Service was celebrated at Allen Funeral Home. Pastor Chris Radcliffe officiated with interment in Smith Hill Cemetery. Family received visitors 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423.

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