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Vicki Smith

Vicki Ann Smith, 76, of Carey, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly, at the home her father built and she grew up in, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022.
Vicki was born in Carey, on Feb. 11, 1946, to the late Clarence and Lucille (Gaster) Hoepf. She attended OLC Elementary School and graduated from Carey High School in 1964. Vicki continued her education at a business college.
Vicki worked for several years for the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., with the Appropriations of Weapons Department. After returning home, she worked as an office manager for Dr. Shake in Marion and later retired from the Budd Company. Here, she worked in the bonding area. While working for the Budd Company, Vicki met Charles “Charlie” Smith and after dating and ring shopping, the two were married on April 7, 2001. Vickie continued to work for the girls’ group home in Carey and Angeline Industries as a bus driver.
Vicki was truly a lovely person who would help anyone in need. Being a lifelong Catholic, she attended Our Lady of Consolation Parish. Here, she served not only the Lord but the parish. She was an active eucharistic minister with her husband, volunteered to prepare funeral meals and helped provide meals during the annual pilgrimage to visiting priests. She was also a dedicated member of the Rosary Altar Society and the Catholic Ladies of Columbia.
Always giving of herself, Vicki took wonderful care of her parents as they aged. She also volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, coordinating volunteers with Wyandot County Hospice and organizing class reunions.
Vicki was a social butterfly never being able to sit still. In her free time, she could often be found playing cards with the girls in Carey and New Riegel and taking road trips any chance she had. She was an auxiliary member with the American Legion, VFW, Elks and Moose. One of her favorite pastimes was finding new jobs for her husband.
Vicki will be missed by her husband, Charlie Smith; step-children, Kathlene (fiance, Todd) Debolt, Doug Smith and David (Tammy) Smith; grandchildren, Melissa (Scott) Zaciewski, Matt Feck, Brittany (fiance, Dustin) Davis, Zachary (Elizabeth) Smith, Adam (Jon) Grant, Haley (Dustin) Truesdell and Kayla (Riley) Stumpf; great-grandchildren, Cohen and Connor Zaciewski, Dustin and Alex Feck, Ellen, Davin and Dominic Sayre, Leo and Kenley Smith and Jack Truesdell; siblings, Clement “Clem” Hoepf and Alene Gibson; and special nieces and a nephew, Audrey, Carol, John and Kim.
In addition to her parents, Vicki was preceded in death by brothers, Clarence and Eugene.
Visitation will be held at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 3 until 7 p.m. An 11 a.m. mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, with the Rev. Tom Merrill, OFM Conv., presiding. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carey, next to her parents and brother.
Donations may be made in Vicki’s honor to Our Lady of Consolation School (401 Clay Street, Carey) or Dorcas Carey Public Library (236 E. Findlay Street, Carey).
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