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Diane D. Smith

March 15, 1938 - August 3, 2016

Diane D. Smith, 78, of Medina, OH passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Diane was born on March 15, 1938 in Ft. Wayne, IN to the late William and Helen (nee Teagarden) Cook. She had resided in Michigan prior to moving to Medina 31 years ago. Diane was Paraprofessional working many years with the Kindergarten children at York Elementary School in the Buckeye School District. She held the same position at Taft Elementary in Wayne, Michigan for 15 years. She enjoyed music, especially the gospel music of Elvis Presley and all of the golden ‘50s. She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers, above all lilacs, as well as walking and admiring nature. She was friendly and kind to everyone she met. She had an especially positive attitude and a great sense of humor even when facing serious and challenging health issues-a tribute to her amazing strength over the past 19 years. Diane’s greatest passion however was her family. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and showered them with attention, attending school functions and arranging daily activities for them on her own. She instilled a love of reading in all her family members, and read voraciously herself; her favorite book being the Bible. She adored her husband, George, and continued to hold his hand, wear matching clothes, and deeply enjoy his company through their entire years of marriage. She will be greatly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing her. Diane was the beloved wife of George, married 59 years this September; cherished mother of Jeffrey Smith, of Medina; Bradley (Ann) Smith of Penfield and Julie (Todd) Yoder of Fredericksburg; adored grandmother of Deborah Snyder; Angela Bates; Amanda Hogue; Morgan Smith; Bartholomew Yoder; Michelle Pertie; Timothy Thomason; Erin Smith; Laura Smith and Greyden Yoder; precious great grandmother of Mollie, Lily, Jaidyn, Cameron, Jackson and Harper. Diane was the dear sister of William Cook, Michelle Siegel, Melody Carney and the late Leanne Booth. Celebration of Life Gathering will be held 1:00PM, Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Bauer Funeral Home 2089 Columbia Road Valley City, OH. Following the service, friends and family are invited to gather at Brad and Ann’s home, 20355 Vermont Street, Litchfield, OH 44253 for a time of fellowship. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Diane Smith Memorial Lunch Fund for children at Buckeye Elementary and Middle Schools. This fund will pay for a hot lunch for any child who has run out of lunch money, so they don’t have to be fed the “cold cheese sandwich” lunch. Checks should be made payable to “Buckeye Local Schools”, with “Diane Smith Memorial Lunch Fund” written on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to George, or directly to Buckeye Local Schools at 3084 Columbia Road, Medina, OH 44256.

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