Marietta Smith

August 16, 1933 ~ December 18, 2021 (age 88)


Marietta Smith, 88, of Lewis Center, Ohio, passed from this life

into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, December 18,

2021 following an unexpected illness. Born August 16, 1933 in

Bedford, IN to Ralph and Blanche Spangler, their family moved to

Corbin, KY and then to Louisville, KY where she met and married

Jerry Smith. They lived in Bardstown, Ky where Jerry set up

dental practice before their call to missionary work in Rhodesia

(Zimbabwe), Africa. They served there together as medical

missionaries for many years. Upon return to the US, she and

Jerry have lived in Florida and Kentucky and most recently moved

to Ohio.

In Africa, Marietta served as the radio operator at Mashoko

Christian Mission Hospital and taught Bible classes at Jairus Jiri,

a home for children with disabilities in Harare. She enjoyed going

out into the villages and being among the Mashona people. She

served on the board of Kentuckiana Christian Mission and was a

faithful member at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville.

Since moving to Ohio, she became a member at the Worthington

Christian Church and enjoyed being in the Good News Bible


Marietta is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Dr. Jerry

Smith; son, Dr. Robert Alan (Karen) Smith of Bardstown, KY; son,

David (Ada) Smith of Bardstown, KY; and daughter Carolyn (Tom)

Sherrod of Lewis Center, Ohio; grandchildren, Amie (Dr. David)

Robertson; Brent (Britney) Smith; Ryan Smith; Lauren (Adam)

Fish; Timothy Sherrod; Mark (Kathleen) Sherrod; James Sherrod;

Joy (Addison) Fehl; and fourteen great grandchildren. Marietta

was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Blanche

Spangler; her brother Wayne Spangler and many beloved aunts

and uncles and cousins.

Marietta loved the Lord and her family. She enjoyed singing,

whistling, cooking, sewing and gardening. Her gift of hospitality

brought many wonderful people into their lives. She never met a

stranger and had an adventurous spirit. Marietta and Jerry

enjoyed many happy memories travelling the world together. She

will be greatly missed, but we are comforted that she is with her


Her Funeral Service will be 11:30 am Tuesday December 28, 2021 at Nelson Christian Church in Bardstown, KY, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Louisville.  Visitation will be 10 - 11:30 am Tuesday December 28 at Nelson Christian Church.


In lieu of flowers gifts in her honor may be made to:

Kentuckiana Christian Mission

P.O. Box 1955

Louisville, KY 40209

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December 28, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Nelson Christian Church

Funeral Service
December 28, 2021

11:30 AM
Nelson Christian Church (Bardstown, KY, Evergreen Cemetery, Louisville)

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