Beverly Joan Smith

September 19, 1932January 14, 2014

Beverly Smith, 81, passed away peacefully on January 14. She was born Beverly Joan Weyand on September 19, 1932 in Detroit. She attended grammar school in Wayne, Michigan and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe. A 1955 graduate of Marygrove College, Beverly then worked for several years in the business community. On August 4, 1956, she married Robert G. Smith, and together they raised five children in Ann Arbor.

Beverly was a faithful member of St. Thomas Parish, and long active in the St. Thomas Elementary and High School (now Gabriel Richard) serving in many volunteer roles and later as School Board President. She was employed by the John Leidy Shop where her warm presence and thoughtful considerations were known by many. As an avid Bridge player, Beverly looked forward to the company of her spirited friends. Her children and grandchildren were her life’s passion and joy.

Beverly is deeply missed by her beloved sister and best friend Mary Ellen. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert and her parents, Lawrence and Mary Weyand. She is survived by her sister Mary Ellen Deaunee of Ann Arbor, her children Stephen (Ruth Ann) Smith of Hancock, Michigan Cynthia Goss of Ann Arbor, Sharon (Jeff) Walker of Brighton, Julie (Gary) Robinette of Alpena, and Brian (Monica) Smith of South Bend, Indiana; grandchildren Taite and Carlen Smith, Alyssa and Greg Goss II; niece Kelly Deaunee, nephew Michael (Kim) Deaunee; grandnieces Cayla and Jamie Yuhn, grandnephew Michael Deaunee, step-grandsons Thomas and Matthew Walker, Cameron Hullkonen, Joe Misenar, and step great grandchildren Jenna and Grant Robinette.

Donations honoring Beverly’s life can be made to the St. Thomas Heritage Fund and Marygrove College.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 17, 2014

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January 29, 2014

Please accept my condolences for the loss of your loved one. During times of grief, allow God to comfort you and your family for he truly understands what you are going through. (Psalms 72:12-14)

Margaret Nicholas

January 20, 2014

My thoughts and prayer are sent out to the Smith Family. I worked with Bev at the Leidy Shop and always enjoyed my time at the shop.

Judy Griffith

January 18, 2014

What a great lady! I was lucky to have known her. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Tom Easthope

January 17, 2014

Want the Smith family to know I'm thinking of you all. Have nothing but great memories of your mom.

Mary Easthope

January 17, 2014

Bob and I were so saddened to hear of Beverly's death, although we understand she had not been well for some time., and send our deepest sympathies to her family. Beverly was a beautiful, intelligent and accomplished woman whom we greatly admired. Along with so many St. Thomas families, our friendship goes back many years, and we treasure those memories. Her strength and courage in facing loss and adversity during her life, among the joys, was a source of inspiration to us all. Beverly was also a dear friend and bridge partner of Mary O'Connor Marshall during those years, and we know Mary would like to be remembered by the family at this time.
During our mutual working years, I got to visit Beverly often while shopping at John Leidy during my lunch hour, where she helped me select countless gifts for weddings and other events with her impeccable taste. Added to all the other quality facets of Beverly's life, we'll remember her expressive eyes and joyful laugh, and be grateful for knowing this classy lady.
Distance and weather will unfortunately keep us from attending the funeral, but we‘ll be with the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Mary Easthope and Robert Marshall

Jeanne Rice

January 16, 2014

I knew Bev through church and school associations and always admired her. She was elegant, and had a very warm personality. My sympathies go to the family and she will be remembered by me in thoughts and prayers.

Ellen Smith

January 16, 2014

I knew Beverly Smith as Aunt Beverly for many years. We both became widows of Bob Smiths (uncle and nephew to each other), a bond we shared. She would have a warm and welcome smile for me at every family occasion over the 40 plus years we knew each other. I always thought of her as an elegant woman with a bit of mystery about her. She raised wonderful, friendly, caring children, who I always enjoy visiting with at family gatherings. Her late husband was a cool guy.

Douglas Yuhn

January 16, 2014

I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences in Aunt Bev's passing. I understand the past few years of her life have been difficult for her but she rests in the hands of the lord now...where she belongs. I will forever have a special place in my heart in my memory of her and Uncle Bob! So many great times together as family in there wonderful home, they always made the family get togethers so special! I wish all family members peace and love in the future and cherish the geat memories of a great women!