Pearl Rebecca Smith, 94, of Thornville, was born September 20, 1920, in Glenford, to the late Mark Smith and Daisy (Ice) Smith Cooperrider. She passed away April 10, 2015, at Autumn at the Lake.
She graduated from Glenford High School in 1939. After meeting and marrying her first husband, they moved to Newark, and she worked at Larsen Manufacturing for 25 years before retiring. She was a long time member of the Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church where she was involved with many of the church groups, and sung in the choir. She enjoyed sewing, baking pies, flower gardening, playing cards, dice, puzzle books, and coloring. Over the years she had been a member of many gardening clubs, and card clubs. Pearl was proud that she and her siblings appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records. Ten of the children of Mark and Daisy Smith, four sons and six daughters, were aged 70 to 85, and all claimed state pensions in 2004. In 2013, she returned to the county of her birth (Perry County), and resided at Autumn at the Lake until her death.
She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Edgar Cooperrider; her first husband, Charles Kenneth “Ken” Foster, her second husband, William “Bill” Rich; her daughters, Sue Gosnell and Sharon Ford; her son, Billy Rich; her brothers, Don, Maurice, Harold and George Franklin Smith; and her sisters, Eileen Hawkins and Marie Weekley.
Survivors include her children, Diana “Darlene” (Gary) Shamblin, of New Richmond, Ohio, Carolyn (Bob) Sorrell, of Mesquite, NV., Charles Corbett “Corby” (Cheryl) Foster, of Nashport, Ohio, Roger (Myra) Rich, of Greeneville, TN., JoAnn (William) Shannon, of Newark and Debbie (Roger) Webb, of Newark; sons-in-law, Clyde (Louise) Gosnell, of Rockbridge, Ohio, and Gary Ford, of Johnstown; daughter-in-law, Nancy Rich, of Edgewater, FL; her brothers, Dana Smith, of Jensen Beach, FL., Clifford Smith, of Sedalia, MO., and Lawrence Smith, of Granville; her sisters, Monabelle (Kerry) Abel, of Lake Placid, FL., Doris Brown, of Newark, Betty Madinger, of Zanesville, and Margaret McMullen, of Eureka, KS., 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and nine great-greatgrandchildren.
According to her wishes, her body will be donated to science, and there will be no services. The family wishes to thank the staff of Autumn at the Lake and Hospice of Central Ohio for their care.
Donations in Pearl’s name may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Rd, Newark, OH 43055.