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Rosie Smith
A service was held Thursday at the Ceres Chapel of Franklin & Downs for Rosie Christine Smith, 73, of Ceres. She died July 6, 2008 at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock.

Born March 15, 1935, Rosie Christine Martin Smith was a native of Boles, Ark., and born into a large family. Christine and her family moved to California in 1943 when she was jusr eight. Two years later they moved back to Arkansas where her father passed away that same year. In 1947 when she was 12 the family returned to California to live in Modesto, starting out in a tent. Christine met the love of her life when she was 13 years old, Audugbon Junior Smith, who she married in 1950 in Modesto. They had three girls: Blinda Sue, Mona Lisa and Patty Jean Smith. Christine worked at Ralston Purina in Modesto, Banquet Foods in Turlock, Pacific Aluminum in Modesto and Holly Sugar in Tracy. Christine enjoyed going to the lake, bowling, dune buggies, motorcycles and jitter-bugging. Later in life she enjoyed four-wheeling through the hills of San Felipe in Baja California.

She had three brothers, Otis, Bobby and Preston Martin and two other brothers who died at birth; and six sisters, Thelma Tiner, Gladys Gibbs, Faye Boykin, Jean Finley, Helen Simmons and Shirley Matlock.

She leaves behind her husband, A.J. Smith of Ceres; daughters Blinda Parshall and Mona Knight, both of Ceres, and Patty Stuart of Marina; son-in-laws Larry Parshall and Les Stuart; and grandchildren, Christina Beffa, Eric Beffa, Alisa McKinley, Matthew Haynes, Sam Beets, all of Ceres, Michael Beets and Leah Beets of Pacific Grove, David Stuart of Burbank, and Andy Knight of Killeen, Texas; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents Preston and Hettie Martin; brothers Preston and Bobby Martin and nephew Jimmy Smith.

Remembrances may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /July 16, 2008