Marion J. Smith
Marion Jackson Smith passed into Gods arms April 5, 2017 surrounded by her family in Carlsbad, CA. She was 95. She lived a life dedicated to God and her Christian faith, her family and her community. Marion was born to John Henry and Lillian Crandell Jackson in Cashmere, WA in 1921. She grew up in Washington state and Monrovia, CA. In 1942, she married William George Smith. Together they had three children, William J. Smith (wife Barbara C Smith) of Monarch Beach CA, Laurie Waid (husband Stephen Waid) of Escondido CA, and Dean E. Smith (wife Crestienne Reynolds) of Bass Lake CA. Bill and Marion lived in Arcadia for over 40 years, Marion, a stay at home mom and an active member of the music community. After her youngest child began school, she returned to college and received her degree and teaching credentials from Cal State LA through much diligence, managing her family and education. She taught first grade and reading for 25 years in Temple City. She also was an active Sunday School teacher and member of Temple City First Baptist Church. She and Bill traveled within the US and internationally, bringing their strong faith with them to share with others. Marion began playing the harp at age 12, playing and teaching until she was over ninety. She was President of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Harp Society and honored for her work with that organization. Marion and Bill moved part time to Carpinteria CA in 1988 where they supported the formation of a local church and became part of the Carpinteria community, eventually moving there full time. Until she relocated to Carlsbad in 2015, Marion was active in the Christian community including Reality Church Carpinteria, BSF, retired teachers community and volunteered at numerous organizations including Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and the Braille Institute, teaching English and harp. Due to health issues two years ago, Marion moved to be closer to her daughters family and son in Southern California. At Brookdale Carlsbad she made friends and enjoyed the freedom of loving assistance from the staff there. Her tablemates at meals were her extended family. She participated in fun activities till shortly before she died. She was the driving power behind getting a Christian church service available at her facility each Sunday so they could experience worship together without leaving the residence. Marion is survived by her three children and their spouses, former daughter in law Sheri Owens Smith, 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of Marions favorite charities: Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) or Focus on the Family. For more information, a chance to leave a comment and view a slide show of her life, please visit www.dignitymemorial.com/turner-stevens-live-oak-mortuary .
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