MARQUETTE, MI – Alicia Smith, who was born on July 3, 1921, in Wyandotte, Michigan, died on August 20, 2017 in her apartment at Mill Creek Memory Care in Marquette, Michigan. Her three sons were with her at the end.
Alicia was a child of the Great Depression and was married to her husband, Richard, for seventy years. When her husband went to serve in World War II, she kept the home fires lit, while raising two sons. Their third child was born in 1948. When her husband returned from the war, they began their post-war life in Wyandotte. She lived there until her 90th birthday after which she relocated to Mill Creek in Marquette. Dick and Lish, as they were known, lived life as an archetype of Middle America. She was the matriarch of the family, and her home was the center of family gatherings for scores of years.
Her husband, Richard, died in 2008, and she continued to live in Wyandotte until 2011.
She is survived by her sons; Richard and Mim of New York City, New York, Bill and Judy of Marquette, Michigan and Jim of Naples, Florida. She leaves five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a real “mom” and will be missed by her family.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Mill Creek and U.P. Home Health and Hospice for their kindness and attention to Alicia.
A burial service will take place at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wyandotte at 11:00 AM on September 30, 2017.
Memorials may be directed to Mill Creek, U.P. Home Health, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and Doctors Without Borders.
Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquist funeralhome.com.