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Jacqueline A. Smith
Jacquelyn A. "Jackie" Smith, 60, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 8 after a long battle with breast and bone cancer at Palm Terrace Care Facility in St. Petersburg, Fla., surrounded by her care workers.
Born Feb. 18, 1953 in Iron Mountain, Mi. to the late Emil and Wilna (Raboin) DeClark, she graduated from Niagara High School in 1971 and shortly after met her husband, Albert L. Smith.
They were married May 13, 1972 and the couple loved to camp and fish. After losing their jobs in the U.P., they packed their motor home and traveled all over the south, finally settling in Crystal River, Fla. Upon the death of her husband, she moved to Webster, Fla. where she met Robert and Mathew. There she found a joy in organizing flea markets and bike shows and baking sticky buns, until she was unable to work. Her hobbies then became crocheting and reading.
She is survived by a daughter, Kelly Smith; a stepson, Mathew Cournoyer; two grandchildren; two sisters, Tedi (John) Scully and Bobbi (Mike) Campbell; a brother, Mark (Kathie) DeClark; a sister-in-law, Marge DeClark and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and her husband, Albert, she was preceded in death by her significant other, Robert Cournoyer and her brother, Gary DeClark.