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Lucille Mae "Lucy" Shaner Smith
Birth: Sep. 20, 1929
Berrien County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 2011
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA

Mrs. Leon J. SMITH

Lucille was the daughter of Vernon Monroe SHANER, Sr., and Hettie Marie DOYLE. She was the sister of Verna Marie and Vernon Jr. She became the wife of Leon J. SMITH on May 1, 1948, in Niles, Michigan. She was Aunt Lucille to three nephews and two nieces.

Lucille met her husband when she was 16. She had gone to a "picture show" in Buchanan with a girlfriend. As Lucille and her girlfriend waited outside the movie theater for her father to pick them up, a young sailor on leave saw her and knew that she was the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen. He asked for her telephone number and called on her once before his return to duty. While he was completing his enlistment, Leon and Lucille corresponded and Leon's sister befriended Lucille. Leon and Lucille married after he returned from his military enlistment. They lived in the South Bend area after they married. Lucille and Leon had more than 62 years of a loving marriage.

Lucille was a graduate of Buchanan High School (Buchanan, Michigan). From 1966 to 1978, she was a receptionist in the Trust Department at South Bend's First Source Bank. For 15 years, she was a volunteer at South Bend's Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Elks Club #235, enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, and was a wonderful cook. Lucille loved to travel and especially enjoyed cruises.

Lucille's husband survived her. He chose this poem to express his feelings:

     My Lifetime Wish
     If I could have a lifetime wish,
     A dream that would come true,
     I'd pray to God with all my heart
     For yesterday and you.
     A thousand words can't bring you back;
     I know because I've tried,
     And neither will a million tears.
     I know because I've cried.
     You left behind my broken heart,
     And happy memories too.
     But, I never wanted memories.
     I only wanted you.
Family links: 
  Vernon Monroe Shaner (1904 - 1978)
  Hettie Marie Doyle Shaner (1908 - 1975)
  Verna Marie Shaner Dunek (1927 - 1995)*
  Lucille Mae Shaner Smith (1929 - 2011)
  Vernon Monroe Shaner (1932 - 1998)*
*Calculated relationship
Southlawn Cemetery
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Plot: section Q; lot 76 - 5c
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Record added: Jan 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64638446
Lucille Mae Lucy <i>Shaner</i> Smith
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Lucille Mae Lucy <i>Shaner</i> Smith
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 Added: Sep. 21, 2014

- Kim
 Added: Oct. 30, 2011
My Lucy Mae...Missing you so much on your birthday today. You knew how much and special you were to me. I Love You Very Much and Miss you, "Pretty Woman" Happy Birthday In Heaven...Mary~
 Added: Sep. 20, 2011
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