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Jacqueline A. Smith (Jackie), 57, of Midland, passed away on May 12, 2021.   She was born to Richard and Marilyn (Buza) Kuszajewski in Rogers City, MI on September 9, 1963.  


After spending her childhood growing up in Presque Isle, MI and graduating from Posen Consolidated High School and Alpena’s Hollywood School of Beauty in 1981, she lived the next 13 years as a Navy wife, moving from coast to coast. She then settled back in Michigan with her children, working in various healthcare administrative positions at Health Delivery in Saginaw. At the age of 40, she started Delta College, received her Associates Degree in Nursing, and worked at Covenant Healthcare and Select Specialty in Saginaw. In 2013, she moved to Steamboat Springs, CO where she worked as a Breast Nurse Navigator in Craig, CO. After her grandsons were born, she moved back to Michigan to be near family.


Jackie has fought a long battle with breast cancer, beginning in 2012. The cancer returned in 2016 in her bones and liver, and she has been on constant chemotherapy in one form or another since then. The known limited time she had left on this earth has allowed her to appreciate life, family and friends more, to keep a positive attitude, to not let the little things bother you, and to grow closer to God. Her favorite quote is “When you put your trust in God’s hands, He will put His peace in your heart”.


For the last five years, crocheting was Jackie’s passion. Her grandma taught her when she was small, but recently, she used crocheting as a form of meditation to help calm and relax her during rough times, designing and writing patterns, and even being published in well-known crochet magazines. If you would like to view some of her work, search for Simply Vintage Crochet on Facebook and Instagram.


Jackie is survived by her children; Ryan Smith and Nicole (Kevin II) Little, grandchildren Kevin III and Brady Little, friend Mike Quiver, and former husband Peter Smith. She is also survived by her mother Marilyn and siblings Carleen Collins, Beth (Scott) Kowalski and Jean (Bry) Stephens. She was predeceased by her father, Richard.


A small prayer service for immediate family will take place at her home with Pastor Matthew Hauser officiating.  Burial will take place at Larkin Township Cemetery.


For those considering an expression of sympathy, a college fund has been set up for her grandchildren in her name.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Smith family. To share a special memory, please visit www.smithminer.com.


Condolence Messages

  1. Anonymous

    19 May 2021 2 months ago

    I was sorry to hear of Jackie’s passing. May you all find comfort and peace in your memories of her.
    Love, Aunt Sally Buza Lineberry

  2. Joanie Dameron Carson

    15 May 2021 2 months ago

    My heart is with you dear family.
    May Jackie’s memory be for each one of us, a blessing.

  3. Paulette

    15 May 2021 2 months ago

    Gone but not forgotten! Jackie was an amazing friend who loved her family tremendously. Hugs to Ryan, Nicole and the rest of her family. I am grateful to have known her for over 40 years and cherish all the great times we had. May she Rest In Peace.

  4. Lori Retzler-Zimmer

    15 May 2021 2 months ago

    Such an amazing person!!! I will remember her every time I wear one of the many hats and scarves she made me💗💗

  5. Cathy Haglund

    14 May 2021 2 months ago

    Nicole and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your mother. May you find peace in the days ahead and hold all your beautiful memories of your mother close to your heart.

  6. Charlene & Roger Posey

    13 May 2021 2 months ago

    So sorry to hear this Nicole your mom sounds like she was a super lady who enjoyed the time she had here. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers!

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