Gwendolyn L. Smith, age 85, of McHenry, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Paradise Park Assisted Living in Fox Lake.
She was born October 19, 1926 in Gibbons, Alberta, Canada to Stanley and Wilde (Williams) Davis. On June 3, 1944, she married LeRoy Smith at the home of her parents in Widewater Alberta, Canada. In 1945, she came to the United States with her husband, and they settled in McHenry where they raised their family. She became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in June, 1954.
Gwendolyn was a homemaker for the majority of her lifetime. She loved caring for her grandchildren and was always a willing babysitter. An avid bowler, she was very proud of bowling a 600 in a county bowling tournament. Other interests included golfing, and playing cards, especially bridge. At the age of 65, she traveled to Singapore to visit her son and his family for several weeks, an experience she thoroughly enjoyed.
Survivors include four children, Richard (Anne) Smith of Yorkville, IL, Cindy Erickson of Delray Beach, FL, Donald (the late Laura) Smith of O’Fallon, MO, and Joseph Smith of McHenry; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and a sister, Dede (the late Wyman) Christensen of Alberta, Canada.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LeRoy on January 28, 1994; a brother, Fred Davis, and two sisters, June Maunder and Wanda Keefe.
Visitation will be from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
Visitation will resume Thursday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church, 1401 N. Richmond Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, McHenry.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, her family suggests memorials to the American Parkinson Disease Assoc. (Midwest Chapter), 1800 N Main St., Ste 215, Wheaton, IL 60187.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or send the family an on-line condolence at www.justenfh.com.