Susan Smith

Dexter, Michigan

Sue Smith, 80, of Dexter, Michigan, died peacefully at her home on September 2, 2019 with her husband, Bernie Smith and beloved cat, Pauline, by her side.

Born on May 9, 1939 to parents Bun and Betty Goodman, Sue spent her childhood between her home in Detroit and their summer cottage at Little Lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  She attended Edwin C. Denby High School where she earned seven letters in various sports, graduating in 1957.

Following in her father’s footsteps, Sue chose a career in dentistry and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1961 with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene.  It was at the university that she met her first husband, Richard Macias. Their daughter, Kate, came into their lives in 1969.  Later in life Sue took a job as a writer at Blue Cross where she met many wonderful friends.


She had a passion for sports that continued throughout her life.  She was an avid hiker, biker, and racquetball player.  In the U.P. Sue loved to kayak, canoe, fish and waterski.  She was a supporter of UM football and never gave up on the Detroit Tigers.

At Little Lake she met her longtime friend, Barb, who remembers Sue’s love of walking in the woods, gathering blueberries, having bonfires with the family and marveling at the beauty of nature. She adored her family and shared her memories of the great aunts cooking in the family cabin and her grandfather playing the fiddle.

Sue was an avid reader, especially mystery novels, and named one of her dogs “Christie” after the author Agatha Christie.  She loved music and attended many concerts with her uncle, Bob Goodman.

When Sue met Bernie Smith, she found a joyful soul mate with whom to share new life adventures.  They married in 2000 and moved to Dexter, Michigan. Together they enjoyed many rounds of golf, bicycle adventures, car shows, and cruises.  Sue made several trips to Europe where she could spend time with her daughter Kate, and her granddaughter, Eva.

Sue had a large circle of friends and loving family that she cherished.  She leaves behind her beloved husband Bernie; daughter Kate; granddaughter Eva; son-in-law Kim Morton; cousins Bruce and Tom Johnson, Mary Tiegreen, Lorie Howland, Kathie Campbell and Sara Johnson; and her cat Pauline who stayed by her throughout her illness.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sierra Club, one of Sue’s favorite charities and a supporter of the environment.

A celebration of Sue’s life will take place on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 beginning at 11:30 AM from Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor, Michigan.