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In Memory of Mary Smith

Mary Ellen Smith (Parslow), age 84, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mary was born February 4, 1936 in River Falls, Wisconsin to John and Marie (Haugh) Parslow. Mary graduated from River Falls High School and went on complete a nursing degree from St. Catherine University in St. Paul. September 7th, 1957 began a 47-year love affair with her husband David Smith. The union blessed them with seven children, Christopher, Teresa, Stephanie, Beth, Gregory, Brian, and Ben.

Mary loved her family. Her seven kids and many grandkids kept her very strong for so many years. When the family was young, they would regularly take the trailer camping. Mary was often on the go, multiple road trips, cruises, a trip to England, and trips to Florida and Arizona for training camp. She was also a patient person, she enjoyed sitting on the north shore of Lake Superior and watching the ships come in, Mary spent more than 20 years bowling on various leagues well in to her 80’s. She also enjoyed shopping, craft shows, an apple orchard run and relaxing while working on a crossword puzzle or two. 

After graduating from nursing school Mary jumped right into her nursing carrier, she spent over 42 years with Hudson Hospital before retiring in 2003. 

Mary will remain in the hearts of her family; children, Teresa (Jeff) Anderson, Beth (Ron) Houman, Gregory Smith, Brian (Kim) Smith, and Benjamin (Dana) Smith; son-in-law, Marc McSorley; daughter-in-law, Mary Smith; grandkids, Renee (John) Robinson, Sean (Hallie) Anderson, Shane (Stacey) Smith, Portia Smith, Isabella Smith, Clayton Smith, Courtney (Eric) Larsen, Michael (Sarah) McSorley, Anne (Antonio) Kuklok, Phillip (Morgan) McSorley, Megan (Matt) Blanton; great-grandkids, Lilly, Benjamin, Jack, Willa, Jessica, Kaitlyn, Harley, Brooks, Kinsley, Noah, Colton, and Kiptin; brothers, Tom (Rosanne) Parslow, and Jim (Marlene) Parslow; along with many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, David Smith; son, Christopher Smith; daughter, Stephanie McSorley; and brother, John “Jacky” Parslow. 

Private family services are being held at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home on November 13, 2020, with Fr. John Gerritts officiating. Burial will take place next to her husband David, at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Hudson. Cards may be sent in care of O’Connell Family Funeral Homes at 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI 54016.  

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    • I am so sorry for your loss. The world has lost a wonderful, kind, patient person. She has taken care of me and many members of my family. Such a lovely person , nurse I was always happy to see that I had her to take care of us . Thank you so very much for sharing her with so many people. You have our condolences love Bill and Jackie Franklin

    • Son sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith Family.

    • To the family of Mary Smith,
      I am deeply saddened by the passing of your mom. I worked with her for many years at the hospital and it was an honor to be a part of her team. She was always pleasant and caring and such a good nurse to all of her patients. She enjoyed her family and always talked lovingly of you.
      She lived a full life and always gave her best. She will always be remembered as one the “great” ones. Blessings to all of you!

      Diane Wolf