Jerry Smith

Jerry Smith Obituary


Age - 91


October 7, 2023


Jenks, OK

Jerry M. Smith, 91, retired postman and United States Army veteran of Jenks, Oklahoma passed away Friday, October 6, 2023. He was born Friday, September 30, 1932 in Clarksville, Arkansas to Claude E. Smith and Ada Marie (Marple) Smith. No services scheduled at this time. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Jerry M. Smith, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Age - 55

November 22, 2023

A Visitation will occur on Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 4 to 6 p. m. in the Hargrove - Marker Funeral Home located at 815 W. Main Street, Jenks, OK. A Funeral Service will occur on Friday, November 17, 2023 at 3 p. m. in the Leonard - Marker Funeral Home located at 6521 E. 151st Street S. , Bixby, OK. Kristina Kay Ector passed away peacefully while sleeping at home in Jenks, Oklahoma while laying next to her husband, around 11pm on Thursday, November 9, 2023. She is survived by her husband, Jeff and her daughters, Samantha (25) & Madison (16). Kristi fought an exhausting battle with blood clots and later Multiple Myeloma, bone cancer. In 2022, after a whirlwind few months in and out of the hospital due to complications from the cancer treatment, she lost her left leg to a blood clot, and was diagnosed with heart failure. None of these physical ailments kept her from lifting up everyone around her and the diagnoses sure did not stop her plight for a happy life moving forward. She made the most out of each day and was always there for friends and family in need. Her last days were spent getting back into church, reading the bible, listening to her favorite music (gospel and country), preparing for a prosthetic leg and getting ready for the coming holidays. Kristi was born in Houston on December 5, 1967. At age 11 she left Texas for Haddonfield, New Jersey where she finished high school and went on to attend college at Centenary University, a women's liberal arts school in Hackettstown, NJ. In May of 1991 she met her future husband after coming home from school to Haddonfield while pursuing her love of animals working as a veterinary technician at an animal hospital in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Jeff and Kristi grew a liking to one another, and ended up marrying two years later, during a blizzard on March 13, 1993. Their first child, Samantha was born in June of 1998 while they were living in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was named after one of Kristi's favorite childhood TV characters Samantha, from Bewitched. In November of 2006 their second child, Madison was born in The Woodlands, Texas. Kristi loved absolutely nothing more than the adventure of motherhood. It was a dream of hers from a very young age, to be a wholesome mother who dedicated her life to her children. She spent many years catering to the high demand of her young girls, who she took to all of their events and practices such as Samantha's dance and cheerleading, Madison's gymnastics and seemingly endless play dates for both. Kristi really loved every minute of it, she stopped working while pregnant with Sam to be able to afford her daughters and husband the benefits of a lifestyle with their mother, and wife, right by each of their sides every single step of the way. Through the good and the bad, she remained a source of strength and unwavering love for all three of them. She was the one person known to grant the peace of solace and a listening ear to anyone whether they were near or far. Kristi worked as a Veterinary Technician from her college days, until she was told to be on bed rest while pregnant with Samantha. She had a passion for caring for the underdog. Kristi always took the sickest and most needy dogs' home with her from her job. Sometimes, she would have ten or more dogs in her house at one time. She loved all animals, although cattle and horses were her favorite because she grew up with them on her family farm. Kristi was spunky enough to break wild horses in her early years, this led her to continue to do crazy things, like own a few exotic animals, such as, a skunk, squirrel and even geese. Kristi adored all breeds of dogs, and never had a dog-less home, she would not stand for it. She owned larger dogs in her adult years, primarily German Shepherds and later on, an Irish Setter, a Great Pyrenees. Kristi's last dog was her final best friend, who was by her side in her last moments, Sadie the St. Bernard, her 200 pound fluffy pillow. Kristi loved to spend her time looking over old pictures of her kids, her family, and other memories from throughout her life, like her crazy college days. She took delight in printing out pictures she enjoyed and placing them strategically into photo albums to reference back to in later times. She spent countless hours putting these together and decorating them to her liking. Kristi filled the rooms in the house with these beloved photo albums. She was known for bringing out the albums when her daughters had new friends or boyfriends over to the house to embarrass them as best she could. Anytime she was able to whip out her photo albums always brought a smile to her face. Once Samantha moved out, Kristi turned her old bedroom into her office and creative place, where she would spend time listening to her favorite music, some being Blake Shelton, Elvis, 1980's & 1990's country such as Garth Brooks, Reba, Alan Jackson, and often the soundtracks to her favorite movies, like Grease and Sound of Music. Kristi's favorite season was winter, she enjoyed the stark cold weather. Christmas always brought her an abundance of joy and warmth. Our favorite Christmas tradition with her was the day after Thanksgiving, where she would hand each Christmas decoration singularly to Samantha and Madison while deciding the right place for it. She would reminisce about each decoration, telling us about the memory behind each one, and where it originated from. Many of the tree ornaments were handmade by either Samantha or Madison in their early school years, or personalized with one of the family members' names, made each year by the girls grandmother, Jan Ector. Kristi Ector had quite a bright energy about her. She had a gentle voice and a contagious smile. Her long, light blonde hair would catch anyone's attention from a mile away. Kristi never met a stranger, as she treated everyone as a dear friend. The friends she held closest to her heart, she treated as family. She was a great mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter, niece and friend. She was always willing to be a crying shoulder, and listening ear, she would do anything for her family and friends. She will be truly missed by all, the impression she left in the world is incomparable. We are sure she was met by her family and friends as well as the many animals she once cared for with open arms. She is survived by her children, Samantha and Madison, husband Jeff and his parents Jan & Don. She is also survived by her siblings, Lynn, James & Robin, and her brothers and sisters in law, Shelley & Dave, and Aimee & Jim. Kristi was preceded in death by her parents, Donna and William, and her brother in-law Robert. Show more

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