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Shirley Ann Smith Obituary
Shirley Ann Smith October 5, 1945 - July 19, 2013 Shirley Ann Smith, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, became God's newest angel on Friday July 19, 2013, at the age of 67. A Bakersfield native, she was born to Jack and Wanda McMillan on October 5, 1945. Following her primary education and graduation from East High School, Shirley met her future husband Bruce and they attended Bakersfield College together. In her early career, Shirley worked for the Social Security Administration before proudly resigning to be a stay at home mother. As her children grew, Shirley again entered the work force enjoying a nearly 17 year career with the Houchin Community Blood Bank. A true people person, it is at the Blood Bank where she loved interacting with the public and made many dear and treasured friends. A devoted Christian, Shirley faithfully attended Fruitvale Community Church until it became Riverlakes Community Church. At Riverlakes, Shirley participated in numerous bible study classes, in addition to, being a Communion volunteer. Shirley will be remembered by those who love her for having a gentle, but 'S.A.Ssy' spirit. She was known for always being the one to offer a smile that made others smile, a kind word, an encouraging note, or a reassuring bible verse so that you knew God was with you and would help you 'make crooked things straight.' Isaiah 41:10 and 42:16 were among her favorite verses. Shirley is survived by her devoted husband of 46 years, C. Bruce Smith, her son Christopher, her daughter and husband, Kara and John Stephen, granddaughter Kayla Stephen, sister Carrol Thornburgh and husband George, sister Pamela Hansen and husband John, as well as her loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their gratitude to Jeanne Schamblin, Mary Romero, and the Spruce Home Care Givers for the love, care, and compassion they showed to Shirley in her final months. Shirley will be laid to rest at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary. The family will hold a private celebration of life dinner in the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Riverlakes Community Church Women's Ministry or Marley's Mutt's Pet Rescue. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 24, 2013
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