Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Shirley Smart

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Shirley Smart

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Smart, Shirley

Apr. 26, 1924 - Jun. 26, 2016

Shirley May Smart was born in Cleveland, Ohio, April 26, 1924. Shirley May Newness married Oliver James Smart in 1946.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Smart Porterfield, her son- in-law R. Ira Porterfield, her son James W. Smart, and her daughter- in-law, Jan Thierer Smart. Also surviving are her six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Shirley was an avid golfer and member of Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Florida, with her late husband Oliver for over 25 years.

She was a beloved mother and grandmother who always found time for her family.

Her son-in-law, R. Ira Porterfield wrote the following poem in her honor.

The Love Garden

In the garden of life

Is your garden of love

Surrounded by many roses

The spritz of

aromatic blooms

It is here you lay awake

With dreams of yesterday

In the fullness of the light

And there is a

single gardenia

Awash against

the blue green

In celebration of who

you are

The Mother of my bride

With unconditional love

for me

In the time we have left

I thank you for living

For a faithful spirit

Forever in giving

You have brought beauty

Into our world

And we will hold dear

In our hearts

Your memory

(R. …

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