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Karen S. (Ralston) Smith

November 22, 1946 ~ July 21, 2018 (age 71)


Karen S. Smith, 71, of Bellefontaine, passed away at 12:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Logan Acres Care Center, Bellefontaine. 

She was born in Urbana, Ohio on November 22, 1946, the daughter of the late Kenneth P. and Mildred (King) Ralston.  She was also preceded in death (by) a nephew, Rob Hayden and close friends, Ed & Jackie Reames and Dick & Cindy Westerman.

On July 11, 1965, she married Michael L. Smith in the First United Methodist Church, Bellefontaine and he survives.

She is also survived by a daughter, Krista (John) Belser and a son, Ryan (Christine Cheney) Smith, both of Bellefontaine, four grandchildren; Tommy and Brett Belser and Robbie and Wyatt Smith, two sisters, Sandy Makemson of West Milton and Patti (Tom) Diener of Zanesfield, numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends including Bud & Mary Bailey of Bellefontaine, Teri Thomas of Columbus, Vicci Elder, Jenny Anderson, both of South Carolina, (Laura Elder of Florida), Carrie Mercer of Texas, Randy & Ginny Myers, Pat Ortli, both of Bellefontaine.

Karen was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bellefontaine.  She worked for Mary Rutan Hospital in medical records and prior to that, she worked as an in-home childcare provider.  She cared for more than 50 children over the years from 1977 to 2008.  She loved spending time with her family and friends, especially watching her grandsons at all their sporting events.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 30, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main Street, Bellefontaine.

The arrangements are in care of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Bellefontaine.



Donations may be made to:

Logan County Cancer Society % Mary Rutan Hospital
205 Palmer Ave., Bellefontaine OH 43311

Warm Clothes for Kids
201 E. Glen Dr., Bellefontaine OH 43311

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