Mrs. Shirley L. Smith

  • Born: August 9, 1941
  • Died: January 27, 2013
  • Location: Allen Park, Michigan

Allen Park Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes

10915 Allen Rd
Allen Park, MI 48101
Tel. (313) 386-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Wife, Loving Mother, Proud Grandmother, Dearest Sister, Educator And Master Gardener

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Shirley by adding your memories and photos.

Smith, Shirley L. Age 71. January 27, 2013 of Allen Park. Beloved wife of 49 years to DeWayne. Loving mother of the late Garrick A. and Kevin (Cassandra). Proud grandmother of Garrick DeWayne. Dearest sister to Marvin, Ronald (Brinda) and Royce (Regina) McKinney and Joyce Leonard. Preceded in death by her parents Ocea and Louise McKinney. Shirley was an educator for 31 years with the River Rouge School District and was the past president of the Allen Park Friends of the Library. Shirley served on the Allen Park Tax Review Board and most importantly was a master gardener. Memorial contributions to honor her memory may be made to Autism Society of America


Condolence & Memory Journal


I would like to thank everyone for coming out to support the family and share in the homegoing for Shirley. It is amazing how many people this soft spoken woman touched during her lifetime. Through the love and care that she gave to so many, her legacy will live on for many generations. Although I will dearly miss her, I take comfort in the knowledge she is with the Lord now and he is caring for her better than we ever could.
A forever grateful sister.

Posted by Joyce McKinney Leonard - Columbus, GA - Sister   February 09, 2013

She looks beatiful and what an agel she is. love Ms. Haugabook

Posted by amevi haugabook - eastpointe, MI - fried   February 01, 2013

My condolensences to the Smith Family: May God bless you all at this difficult time. I hope it helps to know that God is holding your loved one in HIS arms, and holding you in HIS heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Mildred Davis - Lathrup Village, MI - Friend   February 01, 2013

Our prayer go out to entire family the prophet Moses recorded in the Book of Job were job said can a man live again at job 14:14 if an able -bodied man dies can he live again all the days of my compulsory labor I shall wait until my relief comes.

Posted by Kim gordon and Essie Mitchell Froster - San Francisco , CA -   January 31, 2013


Dear DeDe, It was with deepest regrets and sorrow that I learned of the passing of your wife , Shirley Mc Kinney. You, Shirley, and I share a tradition rich and valuable past as classmates and citizens of River Rouge. The love, kindness, and compassion shown by each of you toward yourselves and others during your life together is a gift that I will always cherish. Please accept our heart felt condolences and fondest memories of you and Shirley, The Popyk Family, Walt, Judy, Marvin, and Marilyn

Posted by Walter Popyk - Rochester Hills, Michigan, MI - classmate   January 30, 2013

DeDe: Both you and Shirley were two of the very nicest people I know. Shirley was so quiet and low spoken whenever we would talk at Ann Visger and when we were all retired. I never knew her to have a bad word towards anyone. I still hope to run into you when you buy the paper at the local drug stores. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. David and Sandy Beymer

Posted by David Beymer - Allen Park - Coworker with both in Rouge   January 30, 2013

To the Smith Family, my prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God bless you and give you strength to be strong. My heart is with you now and always as you remember the love and memories of Ms. Shirley. Please know that God will continue to comfort you and help you through this time.

Posted by Audra Butler - Detroit, MI - Friend/Coworker   January 30, 2013

Cousin Shirley:
you will truly be in my heart forever, your expressions always revealed a great deal of love for our family, I will always cherish your warm and kind words which have always had a huge positive effect in my life especially with my first born, you never turned me away when I ask you for advice the words you spoke were of great importance to me and I will always love you for the time well spent. Matthew 12: verse 34 the tongue utters only what is already in the heart and this is true because out of your heart there was a level of kindness that could never be measured. (DEDE, KEVIN, CASSANDRA & GARRICK I'M ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU!
Cousin Robbie

Posted by ROBIN WHITE - DETROIT, MI - COUSIN   January 30, 2013


To the family of Shirley Smith, may God bless you and your family at this most precious time. Remember the time that you shared with Shirley in your heart and mind and she will never be away from you because her light will always shine. My prayers are with you and your family. .

Posted by Jemina Howard - Detroit, MI - Friend/Co-worker   January 30, 2013

To the family of Shirley Smith. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We share your pain and rejoice in the beautiful memories of Shirley and our good times together. She will be forever remembered for her loving kindness, beauty, smile, grace, poise, and warm heart. God will comfort you now and in the days to come. Love always, Jim and Martha

Posted by Jim and Martha Bibbs - East Lansing, MI - Friends   January 30, 2013

The Board of Directors and staff of BCFI of Lansing,Michigan extends sincere condolences to Marvin McKinney, DeWayne Smith and the entire family of Shirley Smith. May God bring you comfort and peace in this difficult time.

Posted by Martha Bibbs - East Lansing, MI - Friend   January 30, 2013


To The Loving Family & Friends of Mrs. Shirley L. Smith. She is a beautiful lady. Although I've never met Mrs. Smith, I work at Bates Academy with her son, Mr. Kevin Smith, I've met Mrs. Cassamdra Smith and their son Garrick. All very kind and a beautiful family. And that's how I know she was a very good and beautful woman. My prayers and condolences are with all of you. GOD AND JESUS IS ALWAYS WITH YOU. Love you all.

Posted by Airy Lee Butler - Detroit, MI - Friend/Co-Worker   January 30, 2013


I am sadden for your loss. I raise you up in my prayers and wish you and your family God's blessings.
Be Encouraged
Ben Simon, Jr and wife, Lucille

Posted by Ben Simon - Gulfport, MS - cousin   January 30, 2013


The Crawford & Harrison family of
Chattanooga, TN and Houston, TX

Posted by Laretta Harrison - Chattanooga, TN - Family friend   January 30, 2013


To a true beautiful woman of God. Mrs Smith was indeed the most wonderful person I have ever met on this planet. She was kind, helpful, loving, and a true teacher. I am thankful and blessed to have known her .Thank you Mrs. Shirley Smith for being part of my life. My deepest sympathies to the Smith family. Love and Prayers

Posted by Robin McDaniel, Bates Academy - Detroit, MI - Friend and Co-worker   January 30, 2013

I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to you, Mr. DeWayne Smith and family. May God's comfort, peace and love surround and keep you.

Posted by Nancy C. (Booker) Lee - Kuwait   January 30, 2013

Dear Mr. Smith and family, My families deepest sympathies for the loss of Mrs. Shirley Smith! There were many of my family members who had her as their teacher at Ann Visger. She will always be remembered not only as a wonderful teacher but a kind and always smiling person no matter what her day brought! She will be truly missed! Our love to all of you from the Fobar Family of River Rouge!

Posted by Fobar Family - Southgate, MI - Friend & Students   January 30, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. We fondly remember Shirley as a bright light when she entered a room. There are great memories with you two at Pickeral Lake!

Posted by Karen and Carlos Peralta - Atlanta, GA - Friends    January 30, 2013

I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Family. May you be comforted by God's promise written at John 5:28, 28. It would be so wonderful for all of us to see our loved ones again. Your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by A. Mixon - MI   January 30, 2013

DeDe, Marge & I offer you our sincere sincere sympathies. Shirley was a engaging and enjoyable person. We're glad to have known her. God bless you in this difficult time.

Posted by Bill Charles - Richmond, VA - friend   January 30, 2013

Mrs. Smith, You will be dearly missed by all who knew you. I was a student of yours from Ann Visger and Mr. Smith's at River Rouge High. I have alot of great memories because of your wonderful way of teaching. You were very caring and loving. R.I.P. Lots of Love and Prayers.

Posted by Cecelia Turner Berna - Madison Heights, MI - Student   January 29, 2013


DeDe, You and Shirley were two people that we have never forgotten. You both were so kind and such good teachers. You meant so much to the River Rouge Schools. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Bill and Mary Abair - FL   January 29, 2013

Dear DeWayne, Our hearts go out to you and your family. Shirley was our dear and precious friend. We will not forget her loving kindnesses and will remember her when flowers bloom. Ken and Linda Toren,
Pickerel Lake Newaygo and Grand Rapids, Michigan

Posted by Ken Toren - Grand Rapids, MI - friends   January 29, 2013

Mr Smith , Sorry for your loss, prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Your neighbors Pat and Paul Ditosto(corner of Pleasant and Becker)

Posted by Pat Ditosto - Allen Park, MI - neighbor   January 29, 2013

Dear Smith Family: We give our heart felt condolences to you and your family. You will be in our prayers during your time of bereavement.

The Tate Family

Posted by The Tate Family - River Rouge, MI - Family friend/co-worker   January 29, 2013

Mrs. Smith was my teacher in third grade (1984-85), I have never forgotten her. She was very kind and I always felt loved in her classroom. I am so sorry for your family's loss. She was a special lady and I am saddened to hear of her passing.

Posted by Sara (Rigsby) Raymo - MI - former student   January 29, 2013

DeeDee and Kevin I love you both praying for your strength. Kevin I just buried my mom in December there's nothing like a mothers love

Posted by Veta Reese - River Rouge, MI - Cousin   January 29, 2013

Dear Smith Family- Mrs. Smith was MY 3rd grade teacher 30 years ago. She was an amazing teacher that will be with me for the rest of my life. A very special woman who I will cherish in my heart forever.

Posted by Amanda Andrews(Smith) - MI - Student   January 29, 2013


Dear Smith Family - Words can't express how much I appreciate the time I spent with Mrs. Smith. I am thankful for her care and support for me as a teacher. I will always remember her encouraging words, help on field trips and special class activities. I could always depend on her and Mr. Smith during book fair time. My prayers are with you.
Celeste Turner

Posted by Celeste Turner - Bates Academy   January 29, 2013

Dear Smith family - I am so sad to see this. Mrs. Smith was my third grade teacher at Ann Visger about 26 years ago. I will never forget her. She was one of the teachers that stood out among them all. She was a true mentor and inspiration for greatness. I still remember the wonderful things she did with our third grade class. I will be praying for your strength and comfort during this difficult time. Sincerely - Stephanie Grignon Boedeker

Posted by Stephanie Grignon Boedeker - Grosse Pointe Woods, MI - former student   January 29, 2013

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