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.