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Molly Gail Smith

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Molly Gail Smith

UPPER ARLINGTON: Molly Gail Smith, of Upper Arlington, died after a lifelong battle with diabetes at 8:15 a.m. on February 25, 2014, at the age of 57. Molly will be remembered by her family for her consistent thoughtfulness, especially during holidays and birthdays—always sending cards and well wishes—her love of her nieces and nephews she affectionately called "the munchkins" and her ability to persevere despite debilitating health complications.

She is survived by her mother and father, Dr. and Mrs. Darell J. Smith of Zanesville; her brother, Peter Smith (Sue) of Upper Arlington, her sister, Trudy Shelley (Jim) of Indianapolis, her sister, Maggie Smith of Indianapolis; nephews, Carter Smith of Upper Arlington and Simon Kuntz of Indianapolis; nieces, Emma Smith of Upper Arlington, Caroline Kuntz of Indianapolis, and Sofia Shelley of Indianapolis.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Glenn and Katherine (Katy) Tennant of Zanesville, and Carl and Marie Smith of Zanesville.

Molly was born in Columbus, Ohio, on May 20, 1956, the first child of Dr. and Mrs. Darell J. Smith. At the age of 15, after the family moved to Upper Arlington, Molly was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. She graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1974 and found her calling in the medical profession as a ward secretary at Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville. Looking for a new challenge, she combined her love of travel with her administrative skills and graduated from the Bradford School of Travel in Pittsburgh, Penn. She worked in the industry for a number of years. When her mother expanded the family business, The Tortoise Shell, from Zanesville to Upper Arlington, Molly helped manage the store. Legally blind and living with complications from diabetes, she worked at The Tortoise Shell for 20 years, where her knack for helping people find the perfect gift became apparent. She enjoyed the customers, especially her "regulars" who relied on her to find that special gift for any occasion.

Molly was elated when she was selected for a pancreatic transplant in 2012. While it cured her body of diabetes, she had continual side effects from the operation and required medication, which left her ill for most of the 18 months following the transplant. In January, she was diagnosed with a rare neuro-endocrine cancer of the liver. She fought the odds and underwent treatment at The James Cancer Center at The Ohio State University, but lost the battle February 25th.

Molly managed to fulfill her itch to travel despite her poor health—traveling to Europe, British Columbia, and throughout the United States. She was a former member of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. She attended First Community Church where she was a member of the Ladies Guild Q. She loved her church. It's fitting to end this tribute to Molly's life the way she ended each conversation with her family—"Love good!"

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 28, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 p.m., at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd., Columbus, OH, Pastor Jim Long officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. at the Zanesville Memorial Park. Friends are invited to a celebration of Molly's life at the Zanesville Country Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The family would like to thank the nurses, aides and doctors at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the James Cancer Center at the Ohio State University, the Ross Hospital at the Ohio State University, and the Infusion Department at Genesis Hospital in Zanesville. Special thanks to Rita Josselyn for all of her help.

Memorial contributions in Molly's name can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or the James Cancer Center at OSU at 614-293-2552. Visit to share memories or condolences.

Published in the Times Recorder on Feb. 27, 2014
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