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Opal "Betty" Smith

May 19, 2018
Opal "Betty" Smith
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Opal "Betty" Smith

Age 91 of Owosso passed away Saturday May 19, 2018 at The Meadows.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Friday May 25, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Robert McGraw officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Thursday May 24 from 2pm to 8pm with a rosary being prayed at 7pm.

Betty was born June 24, 1926 at her parents’ home in Chapin Township; the daughter of Chester and Myrtle (Bucholz) Hammond.

She graduated from Elsie High School with honors as her class Salutatorian. Betty continued her education by attending business school in Flint.

She married Donald James Smith on July 3, 1948 in Los Angeles, California.

Betty and her husband Donald were members of St. Joseph Catholic Church for over 65 years. Betty loved being part of her community by being involved in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, the St. Joseph choir and also preparing funeral dinners for the church. She loved playing cards with her friends and square dancing. Everyone who knew Betty knew what a multi-talented woman she was, being very accomplished at sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, furniture re-upholstering and refinishing, gardening, decorating, cooking and preserving. Betty could do it all!

Betty was a telephone operator. She also worked at Bendix (Redmonds) during WWII and helped the war effort by making carburetors for bombers. She later worked at Mid-West Abrasives. After years as a homemaker, she worked as a kindergarten Aide at Bryant School, and a lunchroom and study hall aide at Owosso High School.

Betty is survived by her children Donald J. (Carolyn) Smith Jr., Carol Anne Smith, and Michael (Laurie) Smith; three grandsons Alex Newell, Andrew Smith, and Jason Smith; sister Sandra Jane Gall; brother Merle (Desta) Hammond; several nieces and nephews and many other loving family and friends, including the residents and staff at The Meadows.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald; her parents; dear brother Virgil (Bud) Hammond and many other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Healthcare Hospice or to a charity of donor's choice.

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2:00 PM 5/24/2018 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/24/2018 8:00:00 PM
Owosso Chapel

120 E. Mason Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Owosso Chapel
120 E. Mason Street Owosso 48867 MI
United States

Funeral Service




10:00 AM 5/25/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church

915 East Oliver Street
Owosso, MI 48867

St. Joseph Catholic Church
915 East Oliver Street Owosso 48867 MI
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Paul Catholic Cemetery Final Resting Place

Chipman Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Chipman Street Owosso 48867 MI
United States

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