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Mareese “Reesie” D. Smits, age 86 of Knoxville, PA

Mareese “Reesie” D. Smits

Mareese “Reesie” D. Smits, age 86 of Knoxville, PA  passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 17, 2022. 

Born on March 27, 1936 in Paris, KY, she was the daughter of the late Dock D. and Nina (Barr) Downing. She taught youth group at a Paris Baptist Church in Kentucky and she was also a member of the church's choir. Not long after, she was a home health care nurse, then she worked at a beauty shop and then she became a homemaker; spending her time with family and friends. 

Mareese enjoyed gardening, oftentimes messing around in her yard and flower beds. She also loved drinking coffee at Lee’s Country Kitchen in Osceola, PA and attending the Valley View Assembly of God Church, where she was a member. 

Mareese is survived by her partner of 28 years, Charles H. Lingle of Knoxville, PA; son, Mark Yazell of Carlisle, KY; daughter, Kendra Philpot of FL; adopted children, Catherine of Knoxville, PA, Cheryl of Westfield, NY, David of Ellicott City, MD, and Jim Cutaiar of Nelson, PA; special dog-friends, "Pietje," Diamond, and Mattie; 7 grandchildren; 5 adopted grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sister, Nellie Jones of Paris, KY; and brother, Doug Downing of Paris, KY. 

She was preceded in death by both her parents; son, John Yazell; first husband, Kenneth Yazell and second husband Adrian Smits. 

At a later date, a graveside service will be held at the Riverside Cemetery in Knoxville, PA with Pastor John Hardt officiating. Another graveside service will be held at a later date at the Paris Cemetery in Paris, KY. 

Memorial donations can be made to the Valley View Assembly of God Church, 207 Seeley St, Knoxville, PA. Arrangements are in the care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc.

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