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Maria O. Smith, 70

Maria O. Smith, age 70, of Baudette, MN died December 3, 2011 at the Lakewood Care Center in Baudette, MN.

Maria was born July 18, 1941 in Tucson, AZ. She is the daughter of Juan and Gabriella (Alyarez) Castillo. She was raised in Tucson and completed her schooling there. After high school Maria started working at Congress Hotel and continued to work there until getting married. Phillip and Maria were married July 3rd 1971. They moved to Clementon in 1982, and she became a housewife and care taker of their six children.

Maria enjoyed many things, such as knitting, sewing, playing cards, cooking and putting together puzzle. She dedicated her life to her family and children. She most enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Maria is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Phillip Smith; sisters, Amalia Martinez, Vicenta Sanchez;  infant sister, Romalia Castillo; brother, Fauspino Castillo.

Survivors include her children; Rita Reed of Apache Junction, AZ, Barbara Bruyere of Apache Junction, AZ, Juanita (Tim Mart) Smith of Baudette, MN, Laura (Lanny) Geiselhart of Roosevelt, MN, Orpha (Kevin) Holen of Williams, MN, Hannah (Joe) Palm of Baudette, MN; as well as 17 grandchildren.

A Memorial Service for Maria O. Smith will be held Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM at Helgeson Funeral Home in Baudette, MN.

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