Alice's Story

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Alice R. Smith, age 86, of Traverse City, died on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City. Alice was born on April 10, 1931 in Traverse City to Leo and Rose (Bosse) Gauthier. After spending her early years in Maple City the family moved to Traverse City, where she remained a lifetime resident.
Alice married Irvin "Smitty" Smith on May 28, 1949 at St. Francis Parish in Traverse City. He preceded her in death in 1993.
Even though Alice devoted her time to her family first, she was also involved in a number of organizations. She was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #2780, was a 30-plus year member of the TOPS organization, a parishioner of St. Francis Church in Traverse City and also worked in the fine arts building at the Northwestern Michigan Fair for over 10 years.
Alice loved her crossword and word search puzzles, was a Detroit Tiger and Red Wing hockey fan and was very patriotic.
As her children were growing up their home was a place where all the neighborhood children were always welcome.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Ruth) Smith, of Traverse City, Lawrence (Terri) Smith, of Virginia, Sharon (David) McWethy, of Traverse City, Jeffery (April) Smith, of Traverse City, and Carol (Gary) John, of Traverse City. Also surviving are grandchildren, Amy Smith, Brandi Ingold, Stephanie Washington, Ron and Kirk McWethy, Jason, Sarah, Elizabeth and Jonathan Smith and Shaun and Ben Smedley; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 from the Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City at 12:30 p.m. Visitation at the funeral home will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Fr. Ben Rexroat will officiate. Inurnment will be held at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens at a later date.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at both Bortz/Villa of Traverse City and the Grand Traverse Pavilions for the wonderful care they gave Alice.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be directed to the Father Fred Foundation.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.
Published on July 6, 2017
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