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Official Obituary of

Jean Parish Smith

April 8, 1929 ~ February 18, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Jean Smith Obituary

Jean Parish Smith, age 94 and a lifelong Akron resident, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024. Jean was born in Akron on April 8, 1929, to Russell Clayton Parish and Ella Eilleen Hyland.  She married Buel S. Smith, M.D, in 1962, embarking on a journey that lasted for 53 wonderful years until Dr. Smith passed away in 2015. Together, they travelled extensively, including a honeymoon trip around the world.

Jean is survived by her son, Leland P. (Talis Haight) Smith of Los Angeles; daughter, Deborah (Daniel) Marquardt of Cincinnati; grandsons: Austin, Connor, Riordon (Sydney), and Taylor Smith, and Matthew and Henry Marquardt; and twin sister, Jane Schwab of Akron.

Jean’s educational journey led her through Old Trail School, Bradford College and the University of Akron, experiences she cherished. Throughout her life, she was deeply engaged in her community as a member of numerous local organizations, including The Junior League of Akron, Women’s Board of Stan Hywet Gardens, Children’s Hospital Women’s Board, Diggers and Weeders Garden Club, Akron Garden Club, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Her passion for sports, gardening, and reading enriched her life, and she had many lifelong friends in Akron who were very special to her.

A memorial service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held 12 P.M. SATURDAY March 2, 2024, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jean’s honor to Old Trail School, 2315 Ira Rd., Akron, OH 44333. (

Services in care of The Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory, Fairlawn Chapel, 85 N Miller Road, Akron, OH  44333.

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Memorial Service
March 2, 2024

12:00 PM
St. Paul s Episcopal Church
1361 W. Market Street
Akron, OH 44313


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