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Terry M. H SMITH

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Terry M. H SMITH Obituary

October 19, 1940 ~November 19, 2012

Terry M H Smith, longtime Bellevue resident, passed away at the age of 72 on November 19, 2012. Terry is survived by his three siblings and their spouses: Sherry and Jim Ladd of Bellevue, Randy and Linda Smith of Port Orchard and Kip and Barb Smith of Ballard. Terry also had numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss him deeply. He was predeceased by his parents, Art and Gladys Smith, who brought the family to Bellevue in 1953. Terry graduated from Bellevue High School (class of '59) and the University of Washington.

Terry was born in Walla Walla, Washington, but moved to Seattle with the family when he was 5 years old. At the age of 16, he was in a serious car accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down and dependent upon a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Despite the many challenges presented by his circumstances, Terry persevered by working in radio broadcasting then pursuing a career at the Boeing Company. He lived independently, traveled and enjoyed his life fully until the day he died. He cherished his extended family and many friends, all of whom admired his tenacity and ability to accomplish tasks his doctors said shouldn't be possible after such a serious injury. Terry leaves an inspiring legacy.

Services will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 752 108th Ave NE, Bellevue.

Terry always focused on helping others, so in lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Terry's name to a .
Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5, 2012
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