TULSA, OK: Sue Ann Earl Smith, 69, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully at St. Simeon's Episcopal Home in Tulsa on February 8, 2011. She was born in Marion, OH on July 23, 1941 to Burton Eugene and Bernice Earl. It was in Marion where she met her husband. At the time she was working at the Big Bear store and Alex "Skip" Smith was the manager of the Woolworth store next door in the Plaza Shopping Center. After a two year romance, they were married in Marion on August 11, 1962. Skip's work took them to several states, and they settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they lived for 37 years. It was in Tulsa that Sue and Skip established the Copy Shop, a successful printing business which specialized in the reproduction of legal documents for the oil companies in Oklahoma.
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All who knew Sue called her a "special lady." She was a 1959 graduate of Claridon High School where she was awarded the State Homemaker degree, was homecoming queen and valedictorian of her class. She attended classes at the Ohio State University for three years and graduated from the University of Louisville shortly after marriage. She was a proud Buckeye and was known for her cooking, her swimming, and her love of sailing. One of her proudest projects was creating the Earl family cookbook.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband, Alex Joseph Smith; three children, Phillip Michael Smith, Frisco, TX, Dr. Matthew Bradley (Dr. Jennifer) Smith of Fredericktown, Lynne Marie (Commander John) Driscoll, Alexandria, VA; four grandchildren, Charles, David, Fiona and Molly Smith; one brother, Linden (Linda) Earl, Lafayette, IN; sisters, Carolyn (Will) Kriz, Naples, FL, Judy (Dan) Penix, Marion, and Mary (Richard) Burgbacher, Kenton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Two Celebration of Life masses will be held for Sue, and friends are invited to attend. The first mass will be held at the Madalene Church, 3188 East 22nd St., Tulsa, Oklahoma, Saturday, March 5th, at 9:00 a.m. The second mass will be held at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion, OH in May. Burial will be in the Claridon Cemetery.
Published in the The Marion Star from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 2011