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Helen "Tous" M. (Rumsey) Smith

February 8, 1931 ~ May 24, 2021 (age 90)

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Helen “Tous” (Rumsey) Smith, 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Hesperia on May 24, 2021 after a long illness.

Tous was born on February 8, 1931 in Fremont to Charles and Ethel (Rossiter) Rumsey and she was the last survivor of the nine siblings.  She lived in Hesperia her entire life. 

For many years Tous gladly shared her amazing musical talent in Hesperia and surrounding communities.  She played piano and sang professionally with many jazz and dance bands throughout West Michigan.  She volunteered to use her piano skills to accompany countless students from the Hesperia schools for several years as they performed locally and at musical events in nearby communities.  Tous also played piano for many years at the Hesperia Presbyterian Church as well as for 37 years at the Newaygo County Care Facility.  She was a frequent volunteer as a teacher’s aide at the Hesperia Elementary School. In addition to all of these wonderful achievements, she had a feistiness and great sense of humor.  We will all miss her.

She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Harold Smith and three children:  Larry Smith (Risa Sacks) living in Massachusetts, Janice Smith (Eldon Engel) of Hesperia, and Timothy Smith of Fremont.  Her surviving family also includes 4 loving grandchildren: Ryan (Manda) Smith, Elizabeth (Greg) Durr, Kevin (Katie) Smith, and Carrie Smith (Michael) Kolehouse, 8 great grandchildren, as well as a very special niece Karen (Randy) Hren.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place, and a Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Hesperia Presbyterian Church with Pastor Dan Anderson officiating.  A luncheon and time to visit with the family will immediately follow the service in the church fellowship hall.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to Hesperia Presbyterian Church, or to the Fremont Area Community Foundation for the Harold & Tous Smith Fund (for Hesperia Elementary School Grants.  Please make checks payable to the Fremont Area Community Foundation).  You can sign the online guest book at  Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.   




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Memorial Service with luncheon & time to visit with the family to follow
June 4, 2021

11:00 AM
Hesperia Presbyterian Church
82 Church Street
Hesperia, MI 49421


Hesperia Presbyterian Church
82 Church Street, Hesperia MI 49421

Fremont Area Community Foundation for the Harold & Tous Smith Fund
4424 W. 48th Street, Fremont MI 49412

For Hesperia Elementary School Grants (Please make checks payable to the Fremont Area Community Foundation)

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