Beverly A. Smith, 83, passed away, Friday, March 2

Beverly A. Smith, 83, of St. Joseph, passed away, Friday, March 2, 2018 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Stephen Wesco officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph.  Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials in Bev’s name may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church in South Bend, IN.  Those wishing to sign Bev’s Memory Book online may do so at

Bev was born August 17, 1934 in St. Joseph to Berton & Harriet (Hanson) McTague.  She graduated from Benton Harbor High School, Class of 1952.  On August 10, 1952 she married Gerald Smith in Las Vegas, NV.  Bev devoted her life to caring for her home and her family while working various jobs over the years.  She attended Fellowship Baptist Church in South Bend, served as a youth group leader for many years, enjoyed caning & refinishing furniture, camping with the family, baking pies, and especially the time spent with her grand & great-grandchildren.

Bev is survived by her husband Gerald; her children-Debra (Richard) Barrows of South Bend, Greg (Jennifer) Smith of St. Joseph, Douglas (JoAnne) Smith of Bangor; twelve grandchildren-Rebekah (James) Shoemaker, Aimee (Virgil) Wesco, Kathleen (Logan) Reynolds, Carissa Barrows, Jonathan Barrows, Michael (Ana) Smith, Kevin Smith, Laura (Jeff) Sackett, Benjamin (Adrianne) Smith, Peter (Brittany) Smith, Timothy (Rachel) Smith & Marcus Smith; fifteen great-grandchildren; a niece Jennifer (Parris) Boyer of Benton Harbor & a nephew Todd (Deborah Tom) Nowlen of Phoenix, AZ.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister & brother-in-law Frances (Tom) Nowlen, and a nephew David Nowlen.

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