Pauline Smith, 100 of Valparaiso, IN, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 27th 2021. She was born August 8th, 1920 in Dora, Alabama to Mikey and Etta Mae Robbins. On December 23, 1938, she married Erskine Ramsey Smith. They raised eight children together.
Pauline was a kind woman with a caring nature. Even in her final days she made sure everyone who visited had eaten and had a place to sit. Pauline enjoyed visits from her large family while relaxing at home. While age brought many challenges, Pauline faced 100 years of life with grace and humor. She could always make her family laugh and often brightened up hospital visits with her quick-wit and humor. Pauline overcame many obstacles in her long life. She was an incredible mother to her eight children. She cared for them and welcomed many, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren into her family. Pauline showed her care for others by praying for them every night (often loudly after taking out her hearing aids) and making sure her family was warm and fed.
At her 100th birthday celebration, Pauline was asked about her secret to a long life. She responded, “Love everybody.” Those who she loved were changed by her love. She taught four generations how to love. Pauline will be missed every single day, but her legacy will live on through the people she loved most.
Pauline is survived by four of her children: Sherry Rebecca Walling (Rich), Anthony Mike Smith (Sandy), Dennis Jack Smith, Jane Marie Reed (Bob); and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren to carry out her legacy. She was preceded in death by her parents: Mikey and Etta Mae Robbins; her husband, Erskine Ramsey Smith; her siblings: Lloyd, James Albert, Flora Mae, Leroy, and Annie Mae; and some of her children: Jimmy Ray Smith, Mary Ellen Clark, Barbara Ann Ballenger (LC), and Larry Eugene Smith (Marie).
A Celebration of Pauline’s life is being planned for August, around her birthday.
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