Betty (Urness) Smoke

April 21, 1928 - August 6, 2012

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Betty (Urness) Smoke, 84, of Evansville passed away Monday August 6, 2012 at her home.

She served in the US Navy as a nurse during the Korean Conflict. Betty was very involved with Penrickton Center for the Blind and Multiple Handicap children, leader dogs for the blind, and the Lions Club. She was a hard worker, devoted to her children and always giving of herself. She loved her grandchildren and always said they were “A Breath of Fresh Air”.

Betty is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert Smoke; daughters Kathy Ritter and husband Thomas of Warren, MI, Gail Brys and husband Dennis of Allen Park, MI; son, Robert Smoke and wife Cheryl of Evansville, IN; 10 grandchildren: 16 great grandchildren; brothers, Gene Urness and Gerald Urness; sister, Shirley Pokrefky; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 7400 Bernice,Center Line, MI.

Memorial contributions may be made to Penrickton Center for Blind Children, 26530 Eureka Road, Taylor, MI 48180.

Condolences may be made to the family online at

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