Denise I. Smith

01/20/1957 - 01/28/2024


Obituary For Denise I. Smith

Lima, Ohio
Denise I. Smith, 67, passed away on January 28, 2024, at 12:39 pm, at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center.
Denise was born January 20, 1957 in Lima, OH, to the late Warren and Jeanette (Lewis) Mathew who survives in Lima, OH. On October 17, 1981 she married Steven R. Smith at St. Gerard's Catholic Church.
Denise graduated from Lima Senior High 1975. She was a Senior Underwriter at Auto-Owners Insurance Company and retired after over thirty years of service. Denise loved gardening, flowers and butterflies. She was thankful for her friendship with her Auto-Owners coworkers and spouses that she shared many Friday night dinners with. They enriched her life. Denise loved her family and cherished her grandchildren dearly. She was a proud recipient of a kidney from her beloved daughter Tiffany that helped her quality of life for almost twenty years.
Denise is survived by her mother, Jeanette (Lewis) Mathew of Lima, OH, husband, Steven R. Smith of Lima, OH, daughter, Tiffany (Clark) Garris of Sandusky, OH, grandchildren, Dakota and Dixon Garris of Sandusky, OH, and brother, Dale (Susan) Mathew of Ottawa, OH.
A Celebration of Life will be at 7:00pm on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Chiles - Laman Funeral Homes, Shawnee Chapel. Rev. Lori Wright to officiate the service.
Visitation will be on Saturday, February 3, 2024 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Shawnee Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation "JDRF" or Donate Life Ohio.
"Remember me with smiles and laughter. For that's the way I'll remember you all"
Condolences may be expressed to the family at


3 Feb


04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Chiles-Laman Funeral Home - Shawnee Chapel 1170 Shawnee Rd. Lima, Ohio 45805 Get Directions »
3 Feb

Celebration of Life

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Chiles-Laman Funeral Home - Shawnee Chapel 1170 Shawnee Rd. Lima, Ohio 45805 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant


  • 01/30/2024

    Steve, I am so sorry for your loss, I had no idea when I saw you. May the memories you share help you through your grief. Sue Contini

  • 01/29/2024

    Sorry for your loss. Steve, you cared for Denise through all her fight for life. May she Rest In Peace and prayers for comfort to your family...John and Diana Venturella

  • 01/29/2024

    Dearest Denise I will always temper you with your happiness ,lovely smile and love of family. You will be missed but know you are and peace and no more suffering.You will always be in our prayers and heart.❤️ Love Aunt Freda

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