Mathilda M. Smith

Mathilda M. Smith

Mathilda passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at home with family at her side.

She was born February 13, 1925 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Garrett and Helena (Scholten) Hoogstraten. She enjoyed knitting, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles and going out for lunch. Mathilda loved her family very much and loved spending time with them.

For many years she had lived in the Florida Keys. She was a member of the Kalamazoo VFW Post #827 Ladies Auxiliary.  

Surviving are her 9 children; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren and her 3 siblings.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Lawrence Klok Sr. and Richard Smith and by her 5 siblings.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Mathilda’s life will be held from 2-4 P.M., Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at gracespring Bible Church, 8643 Gull Rd, Richland. 

Contributions in memory of Mathilda may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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  1. Jack Lynch says:

    Aunt Tillie was a great lady. She will be missed.

  2. Cindy Rix Morey says:

    There is no other love like a mother’s love for her children. May your wonderful memories and the love and support of family and friends help you during this difficult time. I have many fond memories and loved Tilli dearly. Keeping the entire family in my thoughts and prayers. Cindy

  3. Heather hamilton says:

    Love you grandma Smith. We will miss you and cherish our memories

  4. Dave Miller says:

    I never got the chance to meet Till I but have always heard wonderful things about her and wish I had the opportunity to get to know her! My would like to express my deepest sympathies for your loss and will remember you all in my prayers.

  5. Angie Hendetson says:

    You where the most loving, caring, understanding, generous, open minded, honest, but by far you really listened to me. And ALWAYS gave me good advice & never to rush into anything.
    I was honored to be able to help out cleaning & caring for you. But the Best part was being able to come spend time with you everyday & them Famous Leftover lunches, but I know you & I both Loved when my daughter Samantha would cook one of her Huge dinners & you would tell us your stores of growing up as a child & how you spent your time when you lived in Florida.
    And the face game you would play with all of us..”I love you but I just can’t you Smile”. And taking you to the Blue Chip casino. I know you said you where tired & wore out, and I understand that, but you where one of a very few people who I told everything to & Always made & had time for me. You you could always tell when something was bothering me. You one of my Bestest Friends & I’m gonna miss you so much. And I am so Thankful to have been Blessed with you as my Grandma. I love you Gram & thank you for everything.

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