MaryLou Smith, born April 18, 1929, passed peacefully on August 23, 2022, at the age of 93, to join Christ in heaven and her dearly beloved husband Frank Harold Smith. MaryLou was the daughter of George and Mary Watkins, of Youngstown, OH. Frank and MaryLou exchanged marriage vows on October 27, 1949 and were married for 65 years. They had two sons, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, Donald Stuart Smith (Debbie), Brent Smith (Janaea, Jase), Amy Zimmer (Ben, Audrey) and Jay Harold Smith (Peggy), Margaret Kerchner (Matt, Emmaline, and Connor), Nathan Smith (Natalie, Estella, and Elliana) and Andrew Smith (Jennifer, McKinley).
MaryLou worked at the Almont Times Herald for several years as a typesetter. In 1982 Frank and MaryLou opened F & M Auto in Almont, they ran F & M Auto together for 15 years. MaryLou was an active member of the Almont Literary Club.
Frank and MaryLou were awarded Business Persons of the Year for the Almont Centennial Celebration in 2009. Frank and MaryLou were active in the Chamber of Commerce and DDA.
MaryLou was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary Watkins; sisters, Melva Littman, Emma Smith and Mildred Kish, mother-in-law, Elizabeth Smith; great-granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth Zimmer; and many dear friends. MaryLou was an amazing wife and mother; she loved to care for her family, and was an exceptional cook and loved to bake delicious desserts for her family. She was an all-around great mom. Anytime anyone describes MaryLou they always say she was a very kind and generous person who had a wonderful smile. She will be truly missed.
Visitation will be held Thursday, September 1 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., with the funeral immediately following at First Congregational Church of Almont, 201 E. Saint Clair St., Almont MI.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the First Congregational Church of Almont.
Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Almont.