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Shelley Smith
(1987 - 2007)


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Name: Ms Shelley Smith
Nick Name: Sweet Potato, sweetie pie, Shelz
Maiden Name: none
Gender: Female
Age: 20 years old
Lived: Saturday, 5 September 1987 - Wednesday, 19 September 2007

My Story

Shelley Marie Smith, 20 of Lorain died on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer.

     Shelley was born on September 5, 1987 in Lorain and was a lifetime resident. She was a 2006 graduate of Clearview High School and a sophomore at Lorain County Community College. She attended the Hungarian Reformed United Church of Christ.

     She was the 2006 Homecoming Queen for Clearview High School. Her passion for softball led her to be an outstanding third baseman for Clearview, a member of the Ohio Girls Softball Organization and played on a traveling softball team.

     A community activist, she was a 15 year member of the Girl Scouts of America, Troops # 806, # 777,         # 749, and # 387. She earned the Gold, Bronze and Silver awards in Scouting, the "God & Me", "God & Family", "God & Church", God & Life" awards. She volunteered with the Girl Scout Flag Corp.

     She worked tirelessly for the Lorain Police Department's Safety Town Program. She served as an instructor and constructed the 8 foot replica of the Lorain Light House used in Safety Town. The Shelley Smith Lane in Safety Town was named in honor of her service to that program.  She received the Lorain Police Department's "Do The Right Thing Award", presented at the administration building of the Lorain City School.

     She received the American Cancer Society's "Living Angel Award" in 2006, The Sherrod Brown Congressional Service Award and the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She was active in the Disability Awareness Program for Kids with Special Needs.

     After receiving her wish from the Special Wish, she became an active volunteer and was named a Volunteer Board Member of Special Wish.

     She was a member of the volunteer staff for Camp Quality and the 2007 spokesperson for Littlest Hero Program. She volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland, Faith & Action Bag Lunch Program, Emmanuel United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen, Rose Garden at Lakeview Park, Blankets for Linus program and donated caps she made for cancer patients.

     She also enjoyed scrap booking, jewelry making and spending time with her family and friends.

     Shelley is survived by her parents Verlan Dale and Roberta Lynn (nee Whitaker) Smith of Lorain, twin sister Susan   M. Smith of Lorain, sisters Melissa A (Jose C. Jr.) Colon of Lorain, Ohio., Melanie S. Smith of Lorain, maternal grandmother Eleanor (nee Sakal) Whitaker of Lorain, paternal grandmother Dora (nee Smith) Smith of Lorain and a niece Kayla M. Colon of Lorain.

     She was preceded in death by maternal grandfather William H. Whitaker and paternal grandfather Verlan R. Smith.

     Shelley has inspired me to continue to fight no matter what comes my way. Shelley was and always will have a pure heart. I knew from the moment that Shelley and her twin sister Susan were born, they both had the fight for life in them. All my nieces mean the world to me, all 5 of them. Each one of them has a special place in my heart. Shelley has tought me over the last couple of years that to succeed in life, you have to do what you have to do no matter what it cost you or no matter what you go through. Shelley also taught me that there is people out there who is willing to step back and help others even with a terminal illness. It wasn't about her it was about us. She took the back seat. Even if Shelley had a bad day she still greated everyone with a smile. Shelley baby you don't have to look for your wings because you already had them here on earth, just spread them wide and fly. I miss you baby and I love you.  I can  still hear you say "I love you more."

Aunt Becky

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Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Such a beautiful smile, light up your family's lives from up above.
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RIP Shelley
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You will remain in my heart forever. I love you but I know you love me more :) Spread your wings baby. Aunt Becky


Fathers Name: Verlan Dale Smith
Mothers Name: Roberta Lynn Smith
Spouse's Name: N/A
Children's Names: N/A
Siblings Names: Melissa, Melanie, Susan Shelley's Twin
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Lorain
Occupation: Other
Marital Status: Single
Religion: Other Christian


Favourite Sport: Softball
Favourite Team: Cleveland Indians & Cleveland Cavs
Favourite Book: Harry Potter
Favourite Music Genre: Miscellaneous
Favourite Artist: Rascal Flatts
Favourite Charity: Special Wish, Littlest Heros, Relay For LIfe, & Camp Quality


Place of Passing: Home
Date of Passing: 19 September 2007
Cause of Passing: Osteo Sarcoma Bone Cancer
Type of Funeral: Beautiful & Amazing also Escorted by The Lorain Police Dept & Sherrif
Place of Burial: Ridge HIll Memorial
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