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1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

Willoughby Location

38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mentor Location

6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060

Denise D. Smith (nee Shuman)

9/19/1962 - 3/23/2024

Denise D. Smith (nee Shuman), age 61, of Chesterland, passed away March 23rd, 2024 at Heather Hill Care Community in Chardon surrounded by her family. She was born September 19th, 1962 in Willoughby, OH.

Denise enjoyed volunteering at The Eastlake Kiwanis Food Pantry. She would help distribute food and deliver food to those in need. She always thought of others before herself and would go out of her way to help anyone. She loved all animals, especially her horse “Cherokee”. Her family was her world, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Denise is the loving wife of Bill Smith; beloved mother of Brian Smith and Ashley (Conrad) Parker; dearest daughter of Jean Cooper and Pat Shuman; cherished sister of Vicky Bennett, Buddy (Wendy) Fulmer, TJ Fulmer, Andy Fulmer and the late Mark Fulmer; daughter in law of the late Elizabeth Smith; aunt to many nieces and nephews; step daughter of the late Tony Fulmer; dear friend of Diane Raggets.

The Smith family would like to invite you to Sunnybrook Preserve, 12474 Heath Rd. in Chesterland anytime between 12:30 – 6:30 PM Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 to celebrate the life of Denise.

A private burial will be held at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chesterland at a later date.

Donations can be made in Denise’s name to The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Painesville.

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2 Replies to “Denise D. Smith (nee Shuman)”

  1. Donna Carter (Cooper) March 23, 2024 at 9:57 pm

    So sorryVicky.prayers for u and family


  2. If Tomorrow Starts Without Me

    When tomorrow starts without me,
    And I’m not there to see,
    If the sun should rise and find your eyes
    all filled with tears for me,

    I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
    The way you did today,
    While thinking of the many things,
    We didn’t get to say.

    I know how much you love me,
    As much as I love you,
    and each time that you think of me,
    I know you’ll miss me too.

    But when tomorrow starts without me,
    Please try to understand,
    That an angel came and called my name,
    And took me by the hand,
    and said my place was ready,
    In heaven far above,
    And that I’d have to leave behind
    All those I dearly love.

    But as I turned to walk away,
    A tear fell from my eye
    For all my life, I’d always thought,
    I didn’t want to die.

    I had so much to live for,
    So much left yet to do,
    It seemed almost impossible,
    That I was leaving you.

    I thought of all the yesterdays
    The good ones and the bad,
    I thought of all the love we shared,
    and all the fun we had

    If I could re-live yesterday
    Just even for a while,
    I’d say good-bye and kiss you
    And maybe see you smile.

    But then I fully realized,
    That this could never be,
    For emptiness and memories,
    would take the place of me.

    And when I thought of worldly things,
    I might miss come tomorrow,
    I thought of you, and when I did,
    My heart was filled with sorrow.

    But when I walked through heaven’s gates,
    I felt so much at home
    When God looked down and smiled at me,
    From His great golden throne.

    He said, “This is eternity,
    And all I’ve promised you.”
    Today your life on earth is past,
    But here life starts anew

    I promise no tomorrow,
    But today will always last,
    And since each day’s the same way
    There’s no longing for the past.

    You have been so faithful,
    So trusting and so true.
    Though there were times
    You did some things
    You knew you shouldn’t do.

    But you have been forgiven
    And now at last you’re free.
    So won’t you come and take my hand
    And share my life with me?

    So when tomorrow starts without me,
    Don’t think we’re far apart,
    For every time you think of me,
    I’m right here, in your heart.

    I was lucky to have met Denise on a couple of occasions, I promise to carry the batton for both of us and continue to love and guide Ashley as her MIL.
    Condolences to Ashley, Conrad and family x


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