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Mary  Alice  Smith-Stokes

Mary Alice Smith-Stokes
  • December 12, 1944 - September 3, 2019
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“So sorry to hear about Mary passing. Thoughts and prayers to the family! ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: Gail Beals - Marshall, MI

“I was so very sorry to hear about Mary's passing. I just saw her when I was home in Coldwater in May of this year. She looked beautiful, and was as...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Laura (Lyon) Romeo - Boston, MA

“Kelly,Tommy and family:We were so saddened to hear about Mary's passing. She was a wonderful person and we are grateful to have known her. Please...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Mark & Melanie Burke - MI

“So sorry to hear!! Many many fond memories of Mary. Sorry to miss the funeral due to health issues, but will be thinking of everyone. ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Bruce Gruner - Okemos, MI

“I am shocked to hear of Mary's passing! I was blessed to have worked with her at Kellogg, and she was the consummate professional. She did her work...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Celeste Clark - Battle Creek, MI

“So shocked to hear that Mary is gone. She was one of the first people to welcome me to Battle Creek. I loved taking her basket classes and the big...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Faith Wyka - Fremont, OH - Friend

“Mary was a super friend -- so kind and helpful and pleasant to be around. When I think of the fruit of the Spirit, Mary exhibited them all: Love,...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Gail Kennedy - Friend

“I'm so sorry to hear of this very sweet woman's passing. I met Mary many years ago when she led weaving classes for me at Harper Creek Community...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Mary Fortney - Battle Creek, MI

“Our Deepest Sympathy to Mary's Family. She brought great joy and happiness to my Dad the past couple of years, since the passing of our Mom. She...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Jeff Hegerberg - Lake Orion, MI

“I first met Mary back in the early 80s at Newcomers. She was so sweet and kind. I had many occasions over the years to work with her. She will be...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Marcia Wentworth - Battle Creek, MI

“Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom. She was such a great friend to our family for so many, many years. She was always willing to help no...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Vickey Larock Zeithammel - TX

“Kelly-Mothers are one of God's greatest gifts to us and your mother was definitely one of the best. A thousand blessings and prayers are being sent...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: ralph Buster - Canton, OH

“Mary was a very special friend. In the winter months she would always come for a visit to our FL home. She loved going to Bealls shopping, walking...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Rae Rice - Zephyrhills, FL

“Kelly and Tommy,I will forever cherish the friendship your Mom and I shared. My heart aches, because she is gone. Mary was my best friend for years...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Jacklyn Acheson - Painesville, OH

“When called, we must answer. I am sad happy that I reconnected with your family over Pat, and then John. Blessings always on your next journey home. ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Kit Van Niman - Coldwater, MI

“So sorry to hear about Mary Alice, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Jackie Roach - Quincy, MI

“I was sad to learn of Mary's passing. I enjoyed her basket classes very much and still enjoy weaving her patterns. I am so glad she shared her...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Mary Conradt - Clintonville, WI

“Sending my deepest condolences to her children and family. Mary and I had so much fun as students at Siena Heights College back in 1964-68! Later in...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Barbara Smith - Grand Ledge, MI

“Kelly and Tom...I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I just am in shock...I know you are too. We talked a few months ago and she seemed so...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Gail Hutchinson - Milton, WV

“Oh my. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your mother's kindness was evident in her thoughts, actions, and in her smile. I met her in 1982 though the...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Marilyn Borawski - Holland, MI

“I am so sorry to learn of Mary Alice's passing. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. My Thoughts and Prayers are with the family. ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: Anna Parker - Coldwater, MI

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Mary Alice (Reighard) Smith-Stokes, 74, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Mary was born in Rhode Island on December 12, 1944 the daughter of Robert and Josephine Reighard. She grew up in Coldwater, Michigan since childhood and was a graduate of St. Charles Catholic School. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Siena Heights University. Mary retired from the Kellogg Company Corporate World Headquarters where she was employed in numerous areas over her career. Prior to Kellogg's, Mary was employed for the USDA. For most of her working career she also taught basket weaving, through her company "Tisket-A-Tasket". She was a master basket weaver, published globally and taught classes locally, in Japan and internationally.

Mary was formerly married to Thomas James Smith, II. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Donald Merlin Stokes on March 24, 2016. Surviving are her daughter, Kathleen Kelly (Mark Edward Zehner) Smith of Warsaw, IN; her son, Thomas Smith of Battle Creek; three stepsons; Kevin Stokes of Battle Creek, Scott (Curtis Whitaker) Stokes of Kalamazoo, Danny Stokes of Pennsylvania; one sister, Dorothy (Calvin) Pope of Coldwater; one brother, Thomas (Linda) Reighard of Fowlerville; a sister-in-law, Lori Farr of Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and their families and her friend and companion, Robert Hegerberg. In addition to her husband, Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Patricia and Kathy Reighard and a brother, John Reighard.

Mary has been a member a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church since 1981, where she has volunteered on the funeral luncheon committee, helping with Christmas decorations, gardening, working on Superfest among other activities. Mary loved beaches, the ocean, traveling, turtles, and anything chocolate. She also volunteered in the Charitable Union Retail Store, was an avid recycler and also known as the "Basket Lady". Mary will be remembered as a loving and amazing mother, nurturing and caring sister, and a friend everyone wanted to have.

Friends will be received 5:00 - 7:00 pm Thursday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church by Reverend Christopher Ankley 10:00 am Friday, September 6, 2019. A committal service will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tuition assistance for St. Joseph Elementary Students, 61 N. 23rd Street, Battle Creek, MI 49015 or The Charitable Union, 85 Calhoun Street, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at