- April 19, 1933 - December 2, 2012
- Largo, Florida
of Carmen's Passing
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“I remember how loving Mrs. Smith always was to me. That and her sweet smile. She had a beautiful light that shined so bright. She always...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Whitney Trimble - Crown Point, IN
We are so sorry and shocked to hear about your loving Carmen. We enjoyed knowing her and watching how much she enjoyed her family. We...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Barb and Chuck Lazzaro and Family - IN
“Dear Dave, Mary, Rachel, Mike, and Randy,
We are so saddened by the loss of your wonderful, loving mother, mother-in-law, and grandma. After...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: The Lazzaro Family - Crown Point, IN
“Dave & Mary and family,
What a beautiful tribute to your mom and grandmother - she truly had a beautiful, full life.
You are in our thoughts...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Skip & Tami Pelton - Crown Point, IN
“For my friend of fifty years. What a life we had together.
so many wonderful times of sharing. It would take 1,000 pages of all the special...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Slosson - Crown Point, IN
I am so sorry for the grief you are experiencing. Rest assured I am keeping you and your dear family in my prayers. More important than...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Dori Greeson - Largo, FL - Friend
“Dear Bob and family,
So sorry to hear of Carmens passing. I didn't get to work with her very long at the Dr.'s office but really enjoyed her...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: JOYCE BALES - HEBRON, IN - FRIEND
“I am so sorry about Carmen's passing but know she's with the LORD. W e had a great friendship and I love her an BOB so much. Love to your kids too....Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Jan Kaiser - Lowell, IN - friend
we are so sad to hear of such a great loss. we loved your mom-always smiling and nice as can be. sending hugs your way. ...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Howard and Maureen Stevenson - IN
“We were so saddened to hear about Carmen's passing, but SO thankful she is with our Lord!! We had hoped to attend the viewing and funeral today, but...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Janyce & Tom Freund - Lakeland, FL
“To Carmen Smith Family,
Please know that you have our deepest sympathy. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. With warmest regards from us...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Stevenson & Fairchild, OMS - IN
“Dear Bob and Family, I pray God's comfort for all of you and may you feel His loving arms around you! Carmen was a warm and caring friend to Floyd...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Hildred Bertsch - Brooksville, FL
“At will, I find I can call up both Carmen's warm smile and sound of her voice. All of us hold our memories of times shared with her and the Smith...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Trish & Harp Harper, & Dan O'Connor Family - IL
“I am so sorry to hear of Carmen's passing. She was such a warm and friendly lady to all!!
14 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Frost - Crown Point
“Sorry to hear about your loss, but we know that Carmen is with Jesus now.
15 of 18 | Posted by: Jim and Donna Lindell - IN
“Dear Bob, LeeAnn, David, Robin and families,
All of our family is saddened with your loss. We go back a long way and share lots of memories, both...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Paula and Don Tilton - Lowell, IN
“Dear Bob, LeeAnn, David, Robin and grandchildren. We are deeply saddened about Carmen's death but rejoicing in her being with our Lord and Savior in...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Loyal and Judy McDermott & Family - IN
“The entire staff of Sylvan Abbey extends our deepest sympathy during this difficult time.
18 of 18 | Posted by: Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home - FL
Carmen E. Smith, loving wife and mother went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on December 2, 2012. She was a shining example of Christian love and devotion.
Carmen is preceded in death by her mother and father, Vern and Thelma Francis, her sister, Colleen Zurbriggen, and her daughter, Eileen McNinney.
She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Robert L. Smith and her children, Lee Ann Drown (Steve), David Smith (Mary), and Robin Black (Joel). Her grandchildren, Sean McNinney, (Shelly), Rachel Yoder (Kyle), Michael Smith, Randall Smith, Kevin Black, Marci Black, and her wonderful great grandchild, Eileen Katherine McNinney.
Carmen was born on April 19, 1933 in Kansas City, MO at the Willows Maternity Home. She was adopted by her loving parents, Vern and Thelma and the family lived in Hammond, IN. Before beginning her freshmen year in high school, the Francis family, Vern, Thelma, Carmen and her younger sister, Colleen, moved to Crown Point, IN.
Carmen was a fun-loving, popular high school girl, playing saxophone in the school band. She was active in her church youth group. It was within the activities of this group that some Crown Point High School girls became acquainted with some Merrillville High School boys. One of which was her future husband, Bob.
Bob then headed off to the Navy after high school. Carmen went to nursing school at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.
While on board ship one day, Bob had a sudden inkling, a strange feeling. He turned to his buddy and said, "I AM GETTING A LETTER FROM CARMEN TODAY!" Sure enough, mail call produced the letter from Carmen. A courtship began!
Carmen loved to tell the story of how she "laid out the fleece." Not long into the courtship she prayed, "Lord, if Bob is the one, have him call me before he returns to the ship." Bob made that call, but his words were, "I do not know why I am calling." Carmen responded, "I KNOW WHY!!" During Bob's next leave, a proposal came, and the rest is history.
Bob and Carmen were married October 15, 1954, just 58 years ago. They raised their family in Crown Point, IN. Carmen worked as a nurse in a family medical practice. She was active in her church. She was a member of the Psi Iota Psi sorority.
In 1983 Bob accepted a management position with York International which required a relocation to Cincinnati, OH then to Indianapolis, IN in 1985 and to Minneapolis, MN in1988. During this time Carmen worked as a pediatric nurse in Cincinnati then became intensely involved in public health services, working with People's Health Center in Indianapolis and South Side Community Health Services in Minneapolis .
Carmen and Bob retired to Largo, Florida in 1997, loving their community in Palm Hill Country Club by being active with the ladies golf association, the Red Hat Society, leading Bible studies in their home, and enjoying domino and euchre nights.
Carmen will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Southeast Florida Chapter, 2300 High Ridge Road Suite 375, Boynton Beach, FL 33426