Myong Suk Smith

Myong Suk Smith, 76, died January 13, 2018 while under hospice care at home. She was born in North Korea in May 1941. Her mother and father died after war broke out in 1950. She fled South with other refugees that winter. U.S. Army soldiers took her to safety in Seoul and on to an orphanage in Wonju where she continued to grow up.


Myong met her husband, Douglas Smith, in Soksan-ni in 1970.They were married in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in February 1973. They lived in Burlington where she worked at National Research Company and Burlington Basket Company. They moved to Mt. Pleasant to be near Doug's parents, Sabert and Doris Smith (deceased). She worked at MetroMail and enjoyed camping, canoeing and gardening. She loved taking care of grandchildren and cooking for her family.


She is survived by her husband; two children, Michael Smith and Melissa Zuniga of Tacoma; a sister-in-law, Judi Butler of Lexington, Ohio; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Per her wishes, her body has been cremated and a memorial service will be held.


Cards and remembrances may be sent to Douglas Smith, 4810 221st St. E., Spanaway, WA 98387.

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