Marlyn Smith

November 3, 1951July 19, 2013

Marlyn Smith, 61 of Cary, died Friday, July 19, 2013 at Hospice of Wake County, after an 8 year battle with cancer.

Marlyn was born in Burlington, NC to Josephine and Stokes Smith.

After moving to Cary in 1988, Marlyn served as the Ticket Manager at the NC State Student Aid Association (Wolfpack Club) for 7 years. Once her children were grown, Marlyn returned to NC State University to earn her BA degree in Business and Communications, and after working in the educational publishing industry for several years, she reached the pinnacle of her career in her current position with Curriculum Associates. She loved her work, her family, her friends, her dogs, and life in general, and lived it all to the fullest. She will be missed terribly by her family and everyone who knew her.

Marlyn was preceded in death by her mother, father and oldest brother, Mike, and her step father, Charlie V. Clapp all of Burlington.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Randy Smith, of the home; her son Jeff Smith (wife Amy), and her daughter, April Ellis, both of Apex, NC; brothers Jack Smith (wife Connie) of Greensboro, and Keevin Smith (wife Kathy) of Murrells Inlet, SC; and step brothers Richard Clapp (wife Linda) of Hilton Head, SC and Ed Clapp (wife Jane) of Charlotte, NC; and 3 loving grandchildren, Jake Ellis, and Preston Smith and Abbi Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm Monday, July 22, 2013 at Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road, Cary, NC 27518. The family will receive friends 6-8pm Sunday, July 21st at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511; and 12:30-1:30pm Monday prior to the service at the church.

Memorials in her honor may be made to the Wolfpack Club; Jimmy V Foundation; Kay Yow Foundation; Hospice of Wake County; Colonial Baptist Church; or to the charity of your choice.

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  • Visitation Sunday, July 21, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, July 22, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, July 22, 2013

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Mary Edwards

August 28, 2013

I am so sorry to hear this news. I never met her personally but she was always so great with me and my students sharing CA products.

Shirley Smith

August 18, 2013

Dear Randy and Family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Marlyn was such a strong, positive life force and a true friend to us all. I will deeply miss her.
Shirley Smith

Bennie Goetze, Jr.

August 8, 2013

Sorry I missed this earlier. You have my deepest sympathy. I've missed you both since you left Forest Hills. You will continue to receive my prayer cards regularly if you so desire.
Blessings and prayers.

Mark Faucette

August 1, 2013

When my father, now 85 years old, was a boy in Burlington, he would visit his aunt, Minnie Etta Faucette Long, Marlyn's great grandmother. I grew up hearing many stories about Aunt Minnie. To my distant cousins, Jeff and April, please accept my deepest sympathy on your mom's death. I was shocked and deeply, deeply saddened.

Joe and Sandy Davis

July 25, 2013

So sorry to hear about your loss. I knew Marlyn years ago when she lived in Burlington and feel out of touch with her until my husband, Joe Davis, and I built Her Mom, Ms. Clapp a house. I had no clue that the cancer had come back. She was a great lady and I know she will be missed by all.I feel blessedI having known her.

July 23, 2013

Dear Randy and family, So very sorry to hear about Marlyn. Our prayer is that God's loving embrace will bring you rest and comfort during this time.

Jan Gallimore and family, (High Point, N.C.)

Jim & Carol Klein

July 23, 2013

Sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Phyllis & Angel Rios

July 23, 2013

April & Mr. Smith: I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and your dear wife. I am glad I got to know you and your family, and remember seeing your mom each morning and afternoon we dropped Jake off and picked him up. I am sorry I am not there in NC to personally speak with you, but please know that you and your family will be in our hearts and prayers. May you find comfort at this time, from the care and concern from friends, family and from our Heavenly Father. Phyllis (formerly Gray) & Angel Rios

Pam Daniels

July 23, 2013

Dear Randy, Jeff, April and Family,
Marlyn was such a dear friend of mine. I have known her for about 12 years. But, the last three we became very close due to our work together. She is an inspiration. I think of her in these three words: Courage, Grace and Laughter. She never let anything get her down and always had a smile and quick wit that left you in stitches. I am blessed to have been a part of her life and to have known her. She is watching over us and that gives us some comfort during this difficult time. Love to all of you and God's Peace.

Pam Daniels

Tom Ratledge

July 22, 2013

Janet and I were certainly sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers