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Jo Marie Smith
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Obituary for Jo Marie Smith

Jo Marie Smith was born on June 2nd, 1956 in McKenzie, Tennessee. On November 30th, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. she lost her very short battle with cancer. She is survived by her daughter Erica, her husband Matthew, and two grandchildren, Miranda and Triston, her son Zachary, his wife Nicole, her brother Ed and his partner Jeff. She also leaves behind her ex husband Chris and his parents Pat and Jack along with many friends and extended family members.

Jo Marie was an amazing and loving mother and Mema, and a devoted friend to many, but her legacy also lives on in all the lives she touched in her career in long term care. She was an advocate and voice for so many people who did not have a voice of their own. She worked many long days and late hours to ensure the people in her care were taken care of. She was always dedicated to her work.

When Jo wasn’t working and spending time with her family, she could usually be found in her craft room with her other great love: her sewing machine. She was often making or fixing clothes and dresses for others, and in her later years she developed a love of quilting. She made several quilts to auction off for the Alzheimer’s foundation each year.

Her family would like to thank everybody that came to see Jo while she spent time in the hospital and in her final days. Because of you she knew she was loved and that her time on earth mattered. At this time, her family is planning a memorial service after the first of the year. Details will be sent out as they become available.



Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sun on ripened grain.
I am the gentle Autumn rain.

When you awake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

-Mary Elizabeth Frye


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