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Linda Maxine Smith

April 10, 1939 ~ December 5, 2020 (age 81)


Linda Maxine Smith, age 81, of Cassopolis, died peacefully Saturday, December 5, 2020.

She was born April 10,1939 in Decatur, Michigan to Carl and Ethel Spicher.  She married George D. Smith June 30, 1984 in Cassopolis, Michigan.  He preceded her in death March 4, 2005.

Linda leaves a legacy of five generations of family.  She was passionate about her family’s genealogy.  She spent years pouring through books, newspapers, cemeteries, and vital records to trace the family ancestry.  She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Linda was proud to be a homemaker.  She enjoyed making her special sugar cookies and holiday meals for her family.  After raising her children, she went on to help care for her grandchildren.  She loved spending time outdoors working in her flower garden and going on walks. She was a 4H Leader and an Awana Leader.  She was a devoted member of Volinia Baptist Church for over thirty years.  

Linda will be greatly missed by family and friends.  She is survived by two daughters, Diane Smith of Cassopolis, Michaelah Elder of Goshen, Indiana; two sons, Dennis Smith of Dowagiac, Michael (Cheryl) Smith of Cassopolis; nine grandchildren, Aimee (Stephen) Deane, Aaron D. Smith, Adam Smith, Malynda (Robert) Miston, Ember Smith, Kelsi Smith, Brynne Vantilburg, Scarlette Elder, Piper Elder; seven great grandchildren, Jared (Caitlon) Jones, Noah Taylor, Samara Deane, Kaitlynne Allen, Brett Allen, Brenten Conley, Falinah Smith; great great grandchildren, Lauren, Abagail, and Natalie Jones; one sister, Margaret West of Decatur; one brother, Cedric Spicher of Decatur; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Helen Mattausch, Sue Grissom; three brothers, Boyd Spicher, Barney Spicher, Lonnie Spicher; great grandson, Cayden Conley.

Family and friends will gather Friday, December 18, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 1:30 p.m. in Volinia Baptist Church, 19995 Marcellus Highway, Decatur, Michigan, 49045.

Linda will be laid to rest with her husband in South Wayne Cemetery.

The family prefers contributions in Linda’s memory to Volinia Baptist Church, 19995 Marcellus Highway, Decatur, Michigan, 49045.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis.  Please share a memory or a message online:

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December 18, 2020

Time: TBD

December 18, 2020

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Volinia Baptist Church
19995 Marcellus Highway
Decatur, MI 49045


Volinia Baptist Church
19995 Marcellus Highway, Decatur MI 49045

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