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Madonna Rose Smith

On January 31, 2014, Jesus came and escorted Madonna Rose Smith,70, home. Madonna embraced life with faith and lived for her family and friends until she was welcomed into God's Kingdom for eternal life with our Lord. Madonna was born February 12, 1943 to Arthur and Marie Poole. She spent her life bringing joy to everyone she met. Known for her contagious smile, she lit up the world with life and love. She was a beautiful woman with a radiating inner beauty. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Her signature gift of joy and love, shown through her constant prayer, and doing small tasks for others, will never be forgotten. She drew people into her life with her welcoming hospitality and acceptance of where you were in life. Every time a bell rings, an angel gets their wings, oh how the bells are ringing. Madonna was an angel here on earth, returning home to get her wings. She was a small, cute, happy person with one of the biggest hearts on earth. Fifty years ago, on August 3, 1963, she married the love of her life, her high school sweetheart Thomas "Tommy" Joseph Smith. Their marriage was infused with friendship, romance, and commitment. They moved through life as one, providing a remarkable example of unselfish love to everyone around them. Together they raised 3 children and loved 8 grandchildren. Madonna graduated from Saint Agnes Academy in 1961. She was a stay-at-home and later worked and retired from Best Foods of Indianapolis. Madonna was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Joseph Poole. She is survived by her husband, Tommy; daughters, Lisa Smith Taylor (John), Jeannine Smith, son, Thomas Smith (Robyn); grandchildren, Jessica, Joseph, Maria, Mackenna, and Madeline Taylor; and Corbin, Cameron, and Casey Smith; grand-dogs, Sully, Daisy and Romeo. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Anne Murphy and many nieces and nephews. She enjoyed her Mamo sleepovers with the grandchildren, swimming with them in her back yard, cheering at their many events, preparing large holiday celebrations, and most of all sharing in their spiritual growth and their Sacraments. She supported, respected and loved her husband. She was a woman of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ's love and the beauty and peace that would await her when she left this world. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. in St. Barnabas Catholic Church. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Daniel F. O'Riley Funeral Home , where morning prayers will be said on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. prior to Mass. Her final resting place will be in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Madonna's name to Saint Barnabas Catholic School; SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi Catholic School; or Doodle Rescue Collective Inc., 9 Fern Ave., Dumont, NJ. Online condolences may be shared with the family at:

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Feb. 4, 2014
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