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Rosemary Ellen “Rosie” Smith

Rosemary Ellen “Rosie” Smith, age 89 and a longtime Shelby resident, died peacefully Thursday afternoon, March 9, 2023 at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

Rosie was born February 19, 1934 in Willard to the late Jacob and Cecelia (Krick) Moomaw and was a 1952 graduate of Willard High School. On April 24, 1954 she married Roger Allan Smith and together celebrated 48 years of marriage prior to his death on September 15, 2002. A homemaker, Rosie raised her three sons and was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of the Tots to Teens Mothers Club, where she had been past president, and thoroughly enjoyed being with people and playing cards. She loved crafts of all kinds- crocheting, needlepoint, painting, knitting, and especially scrapbooking with her many friends. She was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Surviving are sons: Ron (Susie) Smith and Ryan (Debbie) Smith both of Dublin; daughter-in-law: Leigh Ann Smith of Texas; grandchildren: Melanie (B.J.) Hardesty, Katie Smith, Samantha Smith, Sarah Smith, Sydney Smith, Kristin (Kelly) Zersen, Ashley (Rob) Novickas, Scott Smith, Jason (Shelley) Colley, Adam (Holly) Colley, and Josh (Kelly) Colley; 8 great grandchildren; a sister: Kathy (John) Schodorf; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Rosie was preceded in death by her son, Randall “Randy” Smith, on January 5, 2018.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 from 5-8 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 10:30 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, with Fr. Chris Mileski as celebrant. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Ohio State University Department of Neurology Development Fund via their website,, Fund Number: 306568.

For those unable to attend, sympathy may be expressed by commenting on Rosie’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. JoAnn Nelson says:

    Ryan and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of you Mom’s passing, she was a sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Susie Colley Smith says:

    Dear Rosie, I reflect on how wonderfully Blessed I have been to have you as my Mom-in-law Using your talents to help others and make their lives brighter is a big part of your legacyA favorite quote from “The Wizard of Oz” spoken to the Tin Man sums up a Good Life lived when he is told
    to remember that “you are not judged by how much you love, but how much You Are Loved by Others!”and You certainly were!
    Rest now in Peace and we’ll all be together again someday

  3. Marielena Smith says:

    Dear Family,

    Mom and I are both so sorry to hear about Aunt Rosemary’s passing. We loved every minute we got to spend with her. She taught us so much: We learned how to crochet, craft, cook, and shop with her! She was fun. I will always remember her doing her crossword puzzles and watching supermarket sweep. I have this memory of her teaching me my ABCs in English during one of our winter visits…
    She was a great aunt, teacher, and friend.
    Much love to her and to all who love her,

    Marielena & Maritza Smith

  4. maritza smith says:

    She was a very nice person, she taught many things. I will
    miss her. A very talented person..

  5. Shirley Felton says:

    Our deepest sympathy are sent to all the family of Rosie! Our hearts are feeling your loss! The first time I met Rosie I felt like I had known her all my life. Just a lovely person.
    Special loves goes out to my neice Debbie and Ryan and my three lovely neices! God Bless!
    Shirley and Robert Felton

  6. Kathleen V. Miller says:

    To the family of Rosie, I am so sorry for your loss.
    I am happy that I got to know her as part of Diane’s and Kathy’s family.

  7. Kathleen V. Miller says:

    To the family of Rosie, I am so sorry for your loss. I was pleased to get to know her through Diane and Kathy.

  8. Kathleen V. Miller says:

    To Rosie’s Family. I am sorry to hear 0f the death of your loved one. I enjoyed getting to know her.

  9. Kathleen V. Miller says:

    To the Family, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your loved one. I enjoyed getting to know her.

  10. Mary Ann Snow says:

    Ryan and family Ronnie and family sorry to hear about your mother . I hadn’t seen her for a few years. But i enjoyed living next door to you on Park avenue . I know she will be missed . Prayers with all. Debbie said prayers with all of you

  11. Mary Ann Snow says:

    Ryan and family Ron and family Sorry to hear about your mom, We enjoyed living next to you all and Debbie said said sorry to . Prayers with all

  12. Rose Austin says:

    Ron, Susie, Ryan, Debbie, and Leigh Ann and the Smith family:

    My heartfelt sympathies to you. I have wonderful memories of Rosie……. She was special! I wonder if sharing the same name made a difference.

    I am unable to attend, since I am in Georgia with my daughter and granddaughters.

    Sending my love and prayers and may she rest is peace!! God Bless You!!

    Your cousin Rose and Steve.Austin ❤️

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