Marcine Collette Smith was born Jan. 23, 1936, in Akron, the daughter of Philip, Jr. and Stella (Olson) Beaubien. She attended school in Westfield and graduated from Westfield High School. She attended Wayne State College in Nebraska and received her teaching certificate. She also took graduate courses at the University of South Dakota. She was united in marriage to Daryl Smith on Dec. 27, 1955. She taught grade school at Liberty Consolidated, rural Plymouth County, Westfield, Akron and Sioux City.
She enjoyed her family very much, attending almost everything her children and grandchildren participated in until her health prevented her from doing so. She was very proud of them all. She loved watching her granddaughter show sheep and watching the Akron-Westfield softball team. She dearly loved her cats and dog. She was an avid reader. She wrote and published several books for Silhouette Romances and short stories in Red Book and several other magazines.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband of more than 51 years, Daryl of Akron; four sons: Blane Smith of Akron, and his fiancée Diane Harvison of Sioux City, Blair Smith and his wife Robin of Westfield, Brock Smith of Akron, and Briggs Smith and his wife Kim of Akron; five grandchildren: Mylee, Kayla, Danika, Logan, and Josie Mae; a sister, Dixie Beavers and her husband Mike of McCook Lake, S.D.; a special aunt and uncle. Robert and Elaine Michael of Akron; and several other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Akron. Pastor Steve Jewett of New Horizons United Church of Christ in Akron, officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Westfield Cemetery in Westfield. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Wednesday with the family present after 6 p.m., and prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.