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Luella Mae (Edwins) Smith

June 6, 1929 ~ March 9, 2018 (age 88)

Luella M. Smith, 88, of Woodland passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 9, 2018. Luella was born on June 6, 1929 in Hastings to Glen and Mardie (Wortley) Edwins. Luella was a graduate of Woodland Township Schools. On June 16, 1952 she married Jim Smith in Angola, Indiana while he was serving in the Army. After Jim’s discharge, they returned to the Woodland area. Luella worked at the Union Bank for a couple of years and then settled into the life of a homemaker and farm wife. She drove tractor, raised pigs and helped with their fertilizer, seed corn and used equipment sales business. She taught sewing for 4-H and helped with the horses and ponies in the saddle club. She loved having a big garden and canning and was always willing to share what they had grown. Cooking and having family get togethers were especially treasured by Luella. In 1982 Jim and Lue moved to Huntsville, Arkansas and raised beef cattle and horses on their farm in the Ozark Mountains. After about ten years, they returned to Michigan and their home farm in Woodland. Anyone who knew Luella was aware of her great love and compassion for animals, especially her dogs. If you check the homes of her grand-children, you can tell the fondness was something that she definitely passed down to them. Luella will be missed by: children Edwin (Debrah) Smith, Debra (Joel) Mc Dowell, and Lana (Neil) Perry, son-in-law Keith Ward; 10 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by; her parents, husband Jim, daughter Diane Ward, and granddaughter Wendy Livermore. Visitation for Luella is Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Koops Funeral Chapel fro 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00pm.  Her Funeral Service will be held at Koops Funeral Chapel on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11:00 am with burial  at Woodland Memorial Park, Woodland Township/   Memorials are suggested to VFW Post 4461 in Lake Odessa. Online condolences can be left at

Donations may be made to:

Jackson-Mutschler VFW Post 4461
3600 West Tupper Lake Road, Lake Odessa MI 48849

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