Lucile ‘Snooky’ Smith

May 17, 1939 ‒ November 04, 2016

Marion, Ohio

A matriarchal woman with a heart of gold, Lucile Smith, better known as “Snooky”, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 4, 2016, at her home following a brief illness.

On May 17, 1939, Snooky was born in Columbus, Ohio, one of eight children of the late Henry and Mary Angela (Enneking) Krigbaum.  When she was a young child her family moved to Marion Ohio, where she graduated from St. Mary’s High School in the class of 1957.  She later attended Mount St. Joseph’s University in Cincinnati.

After teaching at St. Mary’s School and working for a local physician in Marion, Snooky married, R. Dan Smith, on October 3, 1964.  Sharing deep affection for one another, they lovingly raised ten children who were the center of their lives.  They shared thirty-three years of marriage.  R. Dan preceded her in death on April 14, 1997.

A very nurturing woman, being a caretaker came naturally to Snooky.  She cared for others as an independent caregiver for over twenty-five years.  She also helped others while working for Marion General Hospice and as the activities director for a local nursing home.  Always sharing her unconditional love with everyone, she fostered infant children, welcoming them with open arms into her home.

A woman of deep faith, Snooky was a member of the St. Mary’s Parish.

Having “endless energy,” Snooky held herself and everyone around her to the highest of regards.  She kept a warm and welcoming home for friends and family.  Snooky enjoyed making crafts, always coming up with unique and creative ideas for every holiday and occasion.

Snooky will forever be remembered for her motherly characteristics.   She cherished every moment she spent with her children and grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are her ten children: Ann Marie (John) Colby of Monument, CO, John P. Smith of Marion, Mary L. Hall of Columbus, Elizabeth (James) Murphy of Chicago, IL, Amy (Michael) Picco of Oconomowoc, WI, Kevin R. Smith, Jennifer (William) McCafferty, both of Denver, CO, Bernard “B.J.” Smith of Marion, Carolyn Smith, and Angela (Keith) Ruf, both of Denver, CO; 16 grandchildren; five siblings: David (Lynn) Krigbaum, Mary Ellen “Tuggie” (Larry) Ryan, Henry “Hank” (Angela) Krigbaum, Joseph (Karen) Krigbaum, and Jane Ann (James) Epstein; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Snooky was preceded in death by two siblings: Kevin Krigbaum and Angela “Angel” Sullivan.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, November 7, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., Marion.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, at St. Mary Church(address below), with Father Thomas Buffer officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Church, 251 N. Main St., Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Snooky’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • I will always think of your boundless energy, your unbelievable concern for others, and your endless smile. God Bless you Dear. The world was a better place because of you efforts.

  • I will always remember Snookie and all the Krigbaums who lived around the corner from us on Mt Vernon Ave. With our brood of eight Byrnes the neighborhood was full of kids. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

  • Aunt Snooky always treated us with such love and warmth. It was impossible not to feel welcome in her and Uncle Dan’s home. I have such wonderful memories of all the Smiths during the holidays and summer visits to Marion. May God Bless and Keep you family, and let this time be a celebration of such a wonderful and giving person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Grant and Diane Epstein

  • May the Angles rise up to meet her and taker her home to her Heavenly Father. Aunt Snooky, you will be greatly missed by all who cherished you in this life, and we pray we may be with you again in the next.

    May God Bless you, your great nephew, (Reverend Father) Stephen Smith

  • This world was a better place because Mrs. Smith was in our lives. She will live forever in our hearts and memories as a woman of strong character, gentle nature and always with a smile. She made everyone feel welcome in her home and so comfortable in her presence.

    She is now at peace and watching over her family from above…and most likely “tidying” things up a bit…as she was known to do.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of Mrs. Smith. May God keep you in His gentle care during your time of sorrow.

    With much love,
    Brandon and Jackie (Sobas) Walker

  • May you Rest In Peace sweet “Snooky”. You are one of the most caring individuals I have every meant. You cared for everyone and never worried about yourself. I am sure you are in heaven looking down on us. Ann Brown Wiseman

  • Dear Smith Family, we’re sorry we missed you yesterday. We are so sorry about losing your mother. She was the best neighbor we have ever had and we will miss her greatly. We have the fondest memories of all of you when you were growing up. May your mother rest in peace.

    Mary Ann and Steve Jenkins