Paula S. Smith, age 57, of 9880 Hwy US 2; Rapid River (Ensign Township), passed away Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. Paula has been in failing health for a number of years.
Paula was born November 10th, 1951, to James and Lorna (Stannard) Daniels in Flint, Michigan and she was raised in Clio, attended the Clio School System and graduated June 7th1969. Paula was united in marriage to Jack R. Smith on June 14th, 1969. They have lived in Clio, Montrose and the Mt. Morris areas of Lower Michigan. General Motors was her primary source of employment for a number of years until an injury that she sustained at G.M. forced her to retire from there. Paula also had obtained a degree in cosmetology and was a licensed beautician in the Flint area for a time.
Paula and Jack permanently moved to the Upper Peninsula in 1990.
Her family, especially her grandchildren, were a special source of pride and joy for Paula and she attended and appreciated the Rapid River Congregational Church.
though it has been a year already,, still seems like yesterday. we have all missed you so. if we didnt say it you still knew it to be so. I love you was never our way, but we did more than you would have thought, but as much as you knew! Lost you then,, miss you now,, LOVE you always!
Jack Jr.and Family,
I work with you in the Kraft Mill and I am So Sorry on your Moms Passing..and My Thought’s and Prayers are with you and your family..As I know how hard it is…as I lost my Mom when she was only 60
Take Care..Dave Johnson
My thoughts and prayers are with you guys during this time. Your mom will be missed, she was such a special person that meant so much to so many including myself. I can still hear her chuckle and laughter like it was yesterday and her heart felt advice in how to deal with life. In good times and bad she always had a smile. Hugs and Prayers!!!!
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Paula will be greatly missed by all of us at the pharmacy. She made us laugh many times and was a person who truly cared about people.
Paula was a 2nd mother to just about every kid who had the pleasure of spending time with her family, I was lucky enough to born into relation with her, as well as called her “Ma” for a period of time. I (as well as many others) loved her dearly, and her sense of humor and “tell-it-like-it-is” mentality will certainly leave a void in my life. To Jack, Jamie, Rusty, Dani, Joe and Jana: Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are need of anything. I love all of you, and you all will remain in my prayers always.
You have our sincere sympathy. You can never replace your mom but she will live on forever in your heart. Keep all of your memories of her close. Talk and pray with her often.
Patt Schwartz and family
Rapid River, MI
We are so truly sorry for your loss. Paula was an incredible woman, and she will be greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless.
Greg & Tricia (Herzog) Rose
Dear Jack and Family,
We are so sorry for Paula’s passing. She was a great mom and grandma. We had a lot of fun throughout the years, and many Rapid River kids benefit from her love for them, as she was always a kind friend to all who knew her. Our 4 sons loved her a lot. Jack, if you need anything, please call.
Sherry and Rick Nutt Sr
K.I. Sawyer, MI
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Smith family. I knew your Mom was in failing health but was shocked to hear her time had come so soon. She will be greatly missed. Paula always took time to stop and talk to you no matter when/where you saw her. She made a point to know her children’s friends and welcome them into her home. She always spoke proudly of her children and spoiled her grandchildren shamelessly. Though these times are not easy, I hope the comfort of the memories she helped make with your family will live with you for years to come. Take care.
Rapid River, MI
Dear Smith Family,
So sorry to hear about Paula’s passing. She was such an amazing person. I miss our Mikey B days. We sure had some fun times!! Remember all the good times you had with Paula and your faith will see you through this difficult time.
Rapid River, MI
Paula will be missed by.All she touched hearts with all who meet her. We all will have the memories of all she’s done for everyone, even when she has all the pain within herself. She’s a very giving person and has passed that gift to her family. We are all better people thanks to Paula. My heart goes out to all, Rose
Rapid River, MI
Paula was a wonderful woman who touched many hearts..including mine.. Sending Prayers to your family from mine……
I was very sad to hear that Paula passed away. I have many memories of her and had hoped to see her later this summer. She was a fun and happy sister-in-law to me and I loved her. Judy