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Marilyn L. Smit

Marilyn left this world to be reunited with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Alamo Nursing Home.

She was born December 19, 1931 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Robert and Enola (Spencer) Kelly. Marilyn enjoyed flower gardening and keeping up a nice home for her family. She was an active parishioner at First Baptist Church of Plainwell. On March 28, 1952 at Cooper Baptist Church she married Christopher Smit who passed away in 2013.

Surviving are her children, Christopher (Anita) Smit of Maine, Laurel (Tim) Marsh of Kalamazoo and Lon Smit of Paw Paw; daughter-in-law, Nancy Smit of Battle Creek; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and sisters-in-law, Lynn (Fred) Yager and Judy Smit.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, Mark Smit.

A private family visitation will be held.

Burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Marilyn may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice


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Richard and JoAnn Neumann

September 6, 2020 at 7:23 pm

We are very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We grieve but not as others who have no hope. Praise God for Jesus! We love you!


Jan Kiss

September 6, 2020 at 7:37 pm

Laurel your in my prayers…so sorry for your loss and not having the time to visit your mom because of covid…may you feel God’s blessings at this time


Joyce Quick

September 6, 2020 at 8:22 pm

Marilyn Smit was a gracious woman. I’m proud to have known her.May God give you peace and comfort.


Kay Mero (social worker Alamo)

September 7, 2020 at 12:54 am

Smit family. I will miss your mothers sense of humor and generous laugh. She would talk with me often about her becoming a Christian as a teenager, marrying her husband and how she was blessed with such a handsome man that truly loved her. She would tell me how much her family meant to her and the love she had for all of you. Her faith was strong and she was passionate in witnessing for the Lord. Thank you for the honor of caring for your mother.


Joyce Trader

September 7, 2020 at 1:20 pm

I know Marilyn from volunteering at Alamo Nursing Home. She really enjoyed singing the hymns at the church service that was on Saturday mornings. She was very special, and I am glad I got to know her. I will be praying for all of you.


Mrs. Jim Hewitt (Patti)

September 8, 2020 at 5:16 pm

Sorry to learn of your mother. It is said that mothers take the place of many, yet no one can take their place. Hugs go out to you at this sad time.


Dick and Sue Gorton

September 11, 2020 at 5:06 pm

She was such a good friend to my mother (Rachel Smith). She was so sweet and caring. Mom will miss her and frequently wondered how she was doing….unable to visit because of her own health. Praying for you and your family.


Steve and Becky Swope

September 12, 2020 at 9:14 am

To the Smit family

Our condolences and prayers on your loss. Your mom and dad always displayed kindness to me. We enjoyed the friendship between our families. May a god sustain you in your time of loss and grief.


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