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Ila May Smith, 88, of Lawrence, formerly of Big Rapids,passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at her residence.


She was born November 16, 1927, in Comstock Park, the daughter of Sidney and Bessie (Sheldon) Showers. 


Ila was raised near Big Rapids by her adoptive parents, William and Maude Stanslowski, and graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1945.  She lived in various places, returning to Big Rapids in 1995 until ill health forced her to move to Lawrence to be near her daughter in 2012.


Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Stine of Lawrence; 2 sons, Joseph Smith of Ohio and Samuel Smith of Big Rapids; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother Earl Showers of Lansing; and several nieces and nephews.


Ila’s family will greet friends on Monday, October 31, 2016, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.  Burial will follow in the Highland View Cemetery.  

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