Deborah Smith, October 10, 1950 – July 14, 2021, of Imlay City, MI, passed away surrounded by her family. Deborah was known for her faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Deborah attended Imlay City High School and graduated in 1968. She lived most of her life in Imlay City and was well liked among the community. Deborah loved her family with all her heart. She was caring, loving, thoughtful and overall just a joy to be around. She was a warm and welcoming person. Her doors were always open to everybody. After a long and wonderful visit, you could count on her standing in the doorway saying “watch for deer” and waving goodbye as you drove away. That, and of course, her saying “I love you, drive safe,” was one of many ways of saying “I love you.” Deborah is remembered as someone you could talk to with an open heart. She would face any obstacle with strong faith.

She is loved, cherished, and remembered by her friends and family of which includes Darla Tarrants (Steve Morningstar), Amanda Smith (Keith Godsey), Aimee Smith, Aaron (Sara) Smith, Bethany Smith (Craig King). Deborah is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Joshua (Tyffany), Julie (Isaac), Jason, Jesse (Madalin), Wyatt, Darion, Olivia, Kailyn (Ezekial), Amarae, Emma, Jacob, Layla, Kayleigh (Jim), Amanda (Caleb), Leilani, Michael, Macie, Zoey, Dakota, Ezra, Alicia and Gregory. Also surviving, her mother, Leatha Zuhlke; brother, Paul (Dawn) Zuhlke; her sister, Vanessa Morse; and her cousin, Patsy Sweet.

Deborah was preceded in death by her husband, Timothy Smith; father, Richard Zuhlke; and her granddaughters Kayla Smith and Taylor Kurtzhals.

The funeral service was held Monday, July 19, 2021 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI. Aaron Smith officiated. Interment followed at Imlay Township Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City.

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