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Smith Mary Ellen Holgate Obituary
MARY ELLEN HOLGATE SMITH

Mary Ellen Holgate Smith passed away on December 2, 2011, in Anderson, CA at the age of 91, surrounded by her four children and their spouses: Jim and Patti Smith, Tom and Susan Smith and Mike and Kathy Smith, all of the Redding/Red Bluff area, and Paul and Janet (Smith) Goodell of Portland, OR.

Mary Ellen was born on May 19, 1920 in Independence, IA where she was raised and later met and married her husband of 49 years, Keith B. Smith. They spent most of her adult life in Red Bluff, CA where they became well known for their business, church and community organization involvement and developed many close and lasting friendships. After Keith's passing in 1990, Mary Ellen lived close to family in Anderson and most recently at River Oaks in Redding.

Mary Ellen was a caring and supportive role model for her surviving four children, 19 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. She was an avid reader, well known for her excellent bridge playing skills, and routinely impressed those around her with her friendliness, positive attitude, determination, independence and sharp mind, down to the very last days of her life.

A Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass will be conducted at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Anderson. The Vigil will be at 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 11, and the Mass will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday December 12. Friends and family will gather at the Church Parish Hall following Mass for refreshments and to share their memories of Mary Ellen.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Mary Ellen's memory to the Sacred Heart School in Red Bluff, CA.
Published in Daily News on Dec. 7, 2011
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