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Martha “Jill” Dinsmore Smith

July 11, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Martha "Jill" Dinsmore Smith, died July 3, 2013, in care of Palm Beach Hospice, after a sudden illness. She was born in Washington, Pa., to Lester R. Dinsmore and Helen Taylor Dinsmore. She graduated from East Washington High School and attended the Washington Seminary.

She had many interests while living in Marietta, Ohio. She was a 50-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as regent for the Marietta Chapter. She also served as president of the Marietta Woman's Club. She was an avid gardener, butterfly and bird enthusiast. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining, and loved all types of music. She was well admired for her fashion sense, and always looked beautiful. She never met a stranger. She had many friends and always remembered the little details of their friendship and will be deeply missed by all.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death in 1993 by her husband of 45 years, Howard Preston Smith Jr.(Smitty); her brother, John R. Dinsmore; her sister, Nancy D. Saunders; and son-in-law, Durbin C. Oldham.

In 1987, Jill and Smitty retired to Cape Coral to enjoy the weather, golfing and fishing.

In 2012, she relocated to Lantana, Fla., to reside at the Atria Meridian Community. She quickly met new neighbors and made new friends, becoming active in their social events.

She is survived by her three children, Meleesa Oldham, of Louisville, Ky., Matt Smith (Susie) of Marietta, Ohio and Mark Smith (Mare) of Lake Worth, Fla.

Known as Mimi to her four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, she is survived by

Jessica Smith Kidd, DVM (Joe) of Lower Salem, Ohio, and their daughters, Kesselyn Bigley and Evelyn; Corey Smith (Emily) of Frisco, Texas, and their son, McCartney; Maggie Smith of Marietta, Ohio; and Ian Smith of Marietta, Ohio.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Atria Meridian in Lantana, Fla., for her friends and neighbors. A family service will be held at a future date in Marietta, Ohio, to inter her cremains in the Mound Cemetery, and visit the tree planted in honor of Smitty at Sacra Via Park.

In honor of Jill's life, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.



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