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Marjorie Ann Hill Smith

08/28/1928 - 08/30/2020
Service Date: 09/05/2020
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1050 S. Hobson, Mesa, Arizona
Visitation Date: 09/04/2020
Visitation Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's University Chapel 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa, Arizona

Marjorie Hill Smith, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, teacher, and friend, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones in the home of her daughter on August 30, 2020. Her passing was due to complications of a stroke which she suffered, one week earlier, on August 20th. Her death came two days after her 92nd birthday, which she celebrated in person with all of her children and with her grandchildren via ZOOM.

Marjorie is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Darrell Fenwick Smith. She was born August 28, 1928 in Washington D.C. She was the daughter of Clarence Henry Hill and Emma Wirthlin Hill. Marjorie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from George Washington University and she later received a second degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She loved growing up in Washington D.C. where she and her siblings enjoyed all of the cultural, social, and historical aspects of growing up in our nation’s capital. It was in Washington D.C. that she met the love of her life, and eternal sweetheart, Darrell. They were married on August 27, 1951, in the Salt Lake Temple.

Marjorie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.  She dedicated her life to Christ-like charity and service. Above all else, Marjorie most prized her family. She is known for her beautiful smile, her listening ear, her welcoming and friendly disposition and her faith and testimony of her Savior, Jesus Christ. .

In 1981 Marjorie and Darrell were called to preside over the England Birmingham Mission for three years. They loved this opportunity to serve together in building the Lord’s kingdom.

Marjorie is survived by her five children Wendy Shelley (Mark), Becky Woolf (James), Kevin Smith (Denise), Karen Speakman Vance (Blaine), Teresa Starr (Rick), foster daughter, Sylvia Laughter, 28 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren. Marjorie is dearly loved by her family and by all who knew her. To say that she will be greatly missed is a huge understatement.

The family will hold a visitation on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Bunker’s Mortuary (3529 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85213).

Marjorie’s funeral will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mesa Stake Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (1050 South Hobson, Mesa, Arizona). Please note, there will be no visitation before the funeral.

Due to COVID-19, and health conditions of some family members, Marjorie’s family respectfully requests that you wear a face mask and observe social distancing practices.

There will be a live streaming option for those who are unable to attend the funeral. Here is the link to watch the live stream at 11:00 a.m. (you can log onto this website any time after 10:30 that morning). http://mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/mesaarizonastake

Please note, there will not be a family luncheon after the funeral.



  • Richard L Merkley

    What tender thoughts I have at this time thinking of Bishop and Sis. Smith reunited after being apart these last few years. Sis. Smith carried on as a trouper, but I always felt after Bishop’s Smith’s passing, a little luster was gone off earth life, and Sis. Smith so wanted to be with her husband again. He completed her, and She him, in a marvelous way so that they were never quit whole when they were apart. They are whole again! Richard and Paula Merkley

  • April Gordon, Gregg Patterson and Dorothy Mann

    I will miss Marjorie so very much. I love her dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • I worked right next to Sister Smith for two years at the ROC center doing genealogy
    She always had a smile on her face and worked real hard and thoughtful way. We had a great time and Laughed when we would have to ask the 18 year old missionaries how to do some Process
    She always had a smile on her face.
    She was very devoted to her work. She was just so darling. Please accept my sincere condolences

  • Jenni Jesperson Scott

    I got to know your beloved dad and your loving beautiful mother in 1974 when we lived across the street from you. She always made me feel welcome at your home and she made me feel loved. I loved her smile and always left happy

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