Marsha Smith (Bennett), "Fighter of Evil Masses", lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, January 29, 2012. We were all blessed with her wondrous wit and engaging humor even through her battle.|
Marsha was born May 17, 1954 in Bucyrus, Ohio. Her mother, Mrs. Richard (Pat) Bennett who survives, still resides there. Her brothers, Rick (Nancy) McCracken-Bennett of Johnstown, Ohio and Steve (Debbie) Bennett of Omaha, Neb., also survive. Her sister, Kay and father, Richard preceded her in death.
After graduating from Wynford High School in 1972, Marsha enlisted in the Army in 1974 and became a Military Policewoman. She was very proud of her service that ended in 1977. She then married a fellow MP, Larry Puckett, and they were stationed in Germany where daughter AnneJ (Doug) Maxon, Camp Pendleton, Calif., and son John Puckett were born. AnneJ survives along with her beloved children Johnny and Jenna who Grandma adored. Her son John Puckett preceded her in death, and she will be interred next to him.
After being divorced Marsha met Dennis Smith of Medina, and they were married in 1986. He survives along with stepchildren, Jeremy Smith, Susan Chavis, Janeen Moore, all of Zanesville, and nine grandchildren.
Dennis and Marsha were married almost 26 years and endured many "adventures" in their life that strengthened their love for one another and will remain forever.
In her 57 years of life Marsha traveled to all 50 states, flew a hot air ballon, and earned two Associates Degrees. Her passion was history of old homes and she loved to tour them. She also portrayed characters from history in classrooms and at the Seville Giant Fest. All her costumes she made herself. She always thought that in retirement she would be a guide at some historical site.
Marsha touched so many people in her life, especially with her work with Weight Watchers, where she was a leader and district manager for 12 years. She then continued to help people buy and sell homes with Howard Hanna Realtors and also staged and decorated homes to help clients sell. Her last job as a "Tooth Fairy" with Precision Dental Arts gave her the opportunity to meet and befriend numerous dentists and their staffs. Wherever she went she made people laugh and smile with her gift of gab and sense of humor.
In 2008, Marsha became involved with Inspiration Koinonia. Through her involvement she developed a special family of friends and her 4th Day group became her sisters. Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Black River Church of the Brethren, 10322 Old Mill Rd. (Twp. Rd. 68), Chatham, Ohio, Pastor Jim Mitchell of Brunswick will officiate. Burial will follow at Spencer Cemetery, Spencer, Ohio. Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Parker & Son Funeral Home, 202 E. Main St., Spencer (330-648-2180).
Memorial contributions may be made to either: Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Rd., Medina, OH 44256 or
of Wadsworth/FEM Squad, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406. Online tributes may be made at www.parkerfuneralhomes.com. (Parker & Son Funeral Home, 330-948-1122)
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Feb. 1, 2012