CARY - Marlyn Smith, 61, of Cary, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Hospice of Wake County, after an eight- year battle with cancer.
Marlyn was born in Burlington, N.C., to Josephine and Stokes Smith.
After moving to Cary in 1988, Marlyn served as the ticket manager at the N.C. State Student Aid Association (Wolfpack Club) for seven years. Once her children were grown, Marlyn returned to N.C. State University to earn her BA degree in Business and Communications, and after working in the educational publishing industry for several years, she reached the pinnacle of her career in her current position with Curriculum Associates. She loved her work, her family, her friends, her dogs and life in general, and lived it all to the fullest. She will be missed terribly by her family and everyone who knew her.
Marlyn was preceded in death by her mother, father and oldest brother, Mike; and her stepfather, Charlie V. Clapp, all of Burlington.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Randy Smith of the home; her son, Jeff Smith (wife Amy), and her daughter, April Ellis, both of Apex, N.C.; brothers, Jack Smith (wife Connie) of Greensboro and Keevin Smith (wife Kathy) of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; and stepbrothers, Richard Clapp (wife Linda) of Hilton Head, S.C., and Ed Clapp (wife Jane) of Charlotte, N.C.; and three loving grandchildren, Jake Ellis, Preston Smith and Abbi Smith.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road, Cary, NC 27518. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511; and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday prior to the service at the church.
Memorials in her honor may be made to the Wolfpack Club; Jimmy V Foundation; Kay Yow Foundation; Hospice of Wake County; Colonial Baptist Church; or to the
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