OBITUARY

Dawn Marie Smith

October 28, 1968February 16, 2020
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Dawn Marie Weir Smith, 51, passed away on February 16, 2020. She was born on October 28, 1968 in South Amboy, New Jersey, to the late Joseph and Kathleen Weir. She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Michael R. Smith; children, Jessica Smith, Jamie Smith (Christopher Herberman), Cody Smith; brother, Joseph Michael Weir (Grace Marie Weir); Joseph’s daughter, DeAnna Kathleen Grace Weir; and many beloved cousins.Dawn loved soccer and softball. She attended Rutgers University on a full softball scholarship. Dawn was a beautiful soul that brought joy and laughter to the ones she loved. Her smile made life more beautiful. Her laugh was contagious. The world is less bright without her in it.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 20, from 2-8 PM and Friday 10-1 PM at the Arch L. Heady & Son at Westport Village. A service to celebrate Dawn’s life will take place at 1 PM on Friday at the funeral home with entombment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, February 21, 2020

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Lisa Downs-Renn

February 21, 2020

There aren’t enough words for how blessed I am to have known Dawn. Dawn was my inspiration to keep fighting. I will always treasure our friendship.

Margie Miller

February 18, 2020

I am heartbroken......
Dawn was a wonderful and dedicated person. She had a great sense of humor. She was very special.....loved her husband, daughter's and her son Cody.
She will be missed.
Margie

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Biography

      “Anything is possible.” That is what Dawn Marie Smith believed about life. She was a creative woman, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting her. She had faith in her ability to find those solutions. Dawn thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. She possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Dawn was a person who believed that she could achieve whatever she set out to do.

      Dawn was born on October 28, 1968 at New Jersey in South Amboy. Her parents were Joseph and Kathleen Weir. Dawn was raised in New Jersey. She showed her ingenuity even as a child. When she was confronted with a problem, Dawn could develop an imaginative solution, and she derived satisfaction from knowing she had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Dawn's family relationships. Dawn was raised with one sibling. She had one older brother, Joseph Weir. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Dawn was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

      As a young girl, Dawn could be found building and inventing new and different things. She was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. Dawn took part in soccer and softball. In her spare time she liked ride horses, and go to the arcade. Dawn's memorable achievements included winning many softball tournaments and always helping those in need.

      Endowed with an appetite for knowing how her world worked, Dawn enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. Dawn was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions. She graduated from J.P. Stevens High School.

      Because she was a quick thinker and adept at picking up on new things, Dawn performed well in college. She was always on a quest for knowledge and she relished the experience. Theories intrigued her, and she was good at solving complex problems. She always wanted to understand rather than judge. At Rutgers, she was given a full ride scholarship to play softballl.

      Dawn was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around her. Always interested in her friends’ activities and interests, Dawn was uncritical of her acquaintances. She was sought after by people who recognized that she was generous with her time and energy, and these same friends found Dawn to be very stimulating company. Dawn's humor and curiosity were contagious for those around her. While growing up, some of her best friends were Phyllis Bloom. Later in life, she continued to stay best friends with Phyllis and gained many more friends along her journey in life.

       Dawn was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Dawn was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Dawn was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to her spouse’s needs. She was a vibrant personality and she enjoyed verbally sparring with Michael. In fact, those who knew her often remarked that Dawn loved to argue for argument’s sake. She was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Michael's.

      Dawn's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced her relationship with her children. She would create original, clever and fun games for her kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Dawn was blessed with three children, one son, Cody and two daughters, Jamie and Jessica. Someone who was quick to laugh, Dawn found it easy to spend lots of time with her children, but she was never overbearing or guilty of pushing herself on them.

      As a born inventor, Dawn was definitely in her element in her work place. She could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Dawn was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. She could assess all of the options before her and, using her analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. Her personal initiative inspired those around her. Dawn was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. She was employed for Colonial Pipeline. Dawn always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Dawn's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for her. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Dawn was always searching for new and unusual activities, she developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things she became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew her, but most friends and family understood that Dawn simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. Her favorite pursuits were painting, cooking and watching cop tv shows.

      Dawn's calm demeanor and eternally positive outlook served her well in sports. In high school, Dawn played soccer and softball. In her college years, Dawn continued to stay active by playing softball. Dawn was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football, baseball and college basketball.

       Services were held at Arch L. Heady on Westport Road. Dawn was laid to rest in Resthaven Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky,.

      During her lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Dawn. She met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Dawn was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around her could not. For Dawn, the traditional way of doing things fell short of her expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Dawn Marie Smith, the fun of living her life could be found in the challenge.