Florice B. Smith
Florice B. (Hess) Smith
Florice B. (Hess) Smith age 103, formerly of Park Village, Shelby, died Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at Magnolia Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Galion, Ohio.
She was born May 14, 1904 in Mansfield the daughter of the late Frank and Ethel (Wise) Hess. Florice graduated in 1923 from Mt. Cory High School. She married William Noel Smith, in Lima, on April 9, 1927. They spent most of their married life in Shelby, except for the nearly 20 years they lived in Palmetto, Florida. Florice was a hairdresser before raising her children. She was known for her attitude of helpfulness and caring for others. She was active in the Trinity United Methodist Church in Shelby where she was a member of Mary Martha Circle of the United Methodist Women, and also as a Sunday School teacher and choir member. In recent years, she attended Christ United Methodist Church in Galion. She served many years as a Gray Lady volunteer at Shelby Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed being a homemaker and visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, for whom she made many beautiful hand-sewn baby quilts. Her other interests over the years included playing bridge, golf, working crossword puzzles and reading.
Surviving are four sons and three daughter-in-laws, Ronald and Peg Smith of Lancaster, Ohio; Paul Smith of Wake Forest, NC; James and Shirley Smith of Moultrie, GA; Fred and Mary Sue Smith of Galion; 15 grandchildren, Terri Fosnaugh, Christy White, Judy Smith, Rhonda McGarry, Janine Bates, Renee Engel, Mark Smith, Leanne Omland, Craig Smith, Tammy Beech, Brian Smith, Brad Smith, Matthew Smith, Michael Smith, and Douglas Smith; step-grandchildren, Brandi and Brian Boyd; 30 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Ritchie of Mansfield; Nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband on July 5, 1986, a grandson, Matthew Adams, a daughter-in-law, Nancy Smith, 2 sisters, Janet Hess and Helen Hamilton, 2 brothers, Robert Hess and Leland Hess.
Friends may call on Saturday, January 12, 2008 from 10-11 AM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where a celebration of Florice’s life will be held at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Karl Stonebraker and Rev. James Magaw, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.
Memorial expressions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.
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