Maureen A. Smith (Deutsch), 52
On Sept. 22, 2017, the Lord called our beloved Maureen Ann Smith (Deutsch), 52, home to heaven after recently finding out the cancer she overcame in
2014 had violently returned. She had been under the care of her children, Shawn and Savannah Smith, and Glacial Ridge Hospice at her home in Glenwood that she proudly owned for 18 years.Even through the toughest of days, Maureen always stressed to “keep ‘er positive.”
Maureen was born on Aug. 16, 1965, in Minneapolis, and she grew up in St. Paul. As a child she absolutely loved spending time at her familiy’s lake cabin in
Eden Valley. She always said she was a country gal at heart. Through her elementary years, Maureen attended St. Matthew’s private Catholic school, and she graduated from Humboldt High School. She always loved that her fi rst childhood job was at the local Dairy Queen because “There’s nothing better than a peanut buster parfait or a chocolate Dilly Bar.”
After graduation, Maureen attended Willmar Community College, along with her brother Tom, where they shared some wonderful experiences. She met Jeffrey
Smith, whom she wed on May 9, 1987, in Eden Valley.They spent 11 wonderful years together, settling in Spicer, Wadena and finally in Lowry where they began
to raise their two children. Maureen was proud to work at the Glenwood DNR and the Glacial Ridge Hospital. Unfortunately, in April of 1993, Maureen and Jeff were in a tragic accident, and life as they knew it changed forever.
Through the years, Maureen met each day with a smile and pushed through each challenge with a positive, optimistic attitude. Since the accident, Maureen battled
several medical issues. She was an amazing woman who never let anything hold her back, especially her disabilities. After years of specialists saying she would never work again, she proudly returned to work cooking at Casey’s General Store for 10 years. Maureen always stressed “You can do anything you set your mind to.”
After Maureen’s first battle with cancer, she celebrated her remission by embarking on a wonderful journey with her sister Eileen and brother-in-law Tom to Hawaii.While there, she helped renovate, restore and experience the adventures of opening Z’s Bakery and Deli. She treasured all the sights, warmth, fishing, and baking delicious goods. As much as Maureen loved Hawaii, she also loved being a mother and grandmother and returned to Glenwood in 2015.
Maureen will be remembered as being selfless, a true giver, always baking goodies to share, opening a listening ear, offering a crying shoulder and sharing comforting hugs. She will also be remembered for having a phenomenal laugh that was always accompanied with a warm smile. She always lived life by the golden rule “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.”
Maureen is survived by her parents, John W. Deutsch (Trudy) and Judith O’Brien; son, Shawn Smith; daughter, Savannah Smith; grandchildren, Avaya and Raygun; sister, Eileen Zolen (Tom); and brother, John Deutsch, Jr. She also dearly loved all of her friends, cousins, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and Raja, the family labrador.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Deutsch; and extended relatives.