Linda F. Smith

1943 - 2019

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Linda F. (Hinds) Smith, age 75, of Findlay, passed away on February 3, 2019 at Birchhaven in Hospice care with her loving family around her. Linda was born on April 13, 1943 in Lima, OH, to the late Henry and Della (Brown) Hinds. She was a 1961 graduate of Lima Senior High. She married Rodney J. Smith on May 22, 1970, and he survives in Findlay. Also surviving are her daughter, Shelley (Jeremy) Smith of Columbus, and son, Ryan Smith (Ryan Richardson) of Toledo; two grandchildren: Anthony and Aubrey; two great-grand children; three sisters-in-law: Rosemary Hinds of Bradenton, FL, Mary Hinds of Plainwell, MI, and Lois Hinds of Lima. Linda was preceded in death by two sisters: Mary Louise Hinds, and Norma Jean Watson; and three brothers: Henry, James, and Wayne Hinds. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Linda first began working at Marathon Oil Company in 1966, left there to join her husband at Fort Bragg, NC in 1970, returned to Findlay and Marathon employment in 1972, retiring in August 2007. She was a wonderful, loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Special thanks to Dr. Thomas and Lutz at Arnes Cancer facility and the wonderful Nurses, Aides and other personnel with Bridge Home Health and Hospice at Birchhaven that helped through this trying time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society, Cancer Patient Services, Bridge Home Health and Hospice, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Visitation will be Friday, February 8, 2019 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, Feb 9th at St. Mark’s United Methodist church at the corner of Lima and Main, with Pastor Dan Metzger officiating. Interment will be private. Online condolences are welcomed at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, February 8th 2019 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, February 9th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    St. Mark's United Methodist Church [Map]
    800 S Main St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Rod and family
Date :Monday, February 4th 2019
From : Brian and Joyce Beckwith
So sorry to see of Linda's passing. She was always so pleasant. You all have our sympathy.
Brian and Joyce

To : The Smith Family
Date :Monday, February 4th 2019
From : Frances A Brar
Sorry for your loss.
May the good times get you through
the hard times.

Mrs. Smith was a great person and
will be missed by all.

To : Rod and family
Date :Monday, February 4th 2019
From : John and Chris Hinds
Linda will be missed so much! Our thoughts, prayers, and love to all.

To : Rod and Family
Date :Tuesday, February 5th 2019
From : Marianne Higley
I remember when Linda came to Marathon to work. She was such a pleasant person. I knew that cancer haunted her and that she was always fighting it. When I think of Linda, I think of 2 Timothy 4- I have fought the good fight, i have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Only her Lord and Savior brought her through her trials. Rest in peace, Linda.

To : To Rod Smith
Date :Tuesday, February 5th 2019
From : David Coulter Sevierville Tn Kiwanis
Rod, your visits to the Sevierville and the Kiwanis Club during your trips here were appreciated.

We offer our prayers and condolences on the lost of your wife Linda. I know it is hard to say goodbye to a loved one, and I experienced the same in August 3017 and someone told me she is not lost we know where they are.

David Coulter
Vice Governor
KT District of Kiwanis

To : The Linda Smith family
Date :Tuesday, February 5th 2019
From : Karen Van Nice Spurgat
I extend my deepest sympathy to you all. I worked with Linda at Marathon.

To : Rod Smith
Date :Tuesday, February 5th 2019
From : Mary Lou Smith
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Linda at Marathon, volunteered at the Humane Society and saw her when living down the street in FL. She was a beautiful and friendly person. So glad to have known her. May your wonderful memories guide you in the future. Love and blessings.

To : Rod Smith and family
Date :Tuesday, February 5th 2019
From : Mary Hinds Mitzi Tim and Steve
Dear Rod and Family, Linda will be so missed. I hope happy memories will comfort you. The Hand that touched her and gave her life, cares for her now. God Bless

To : Rod Smith Shelley Ryan
Date :Tuesday, February 5th 2019
From : Susanna Gary McVay
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will always remember Aunt Linda fondly and have wonderful memories of many times with her during my younger years! Linda leaves behind a wonderful family and I know you will be a great source of comfort and support for one another. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.

To : Rod and family
Date :Tuesday, February 5th 2019
From : Bob and Sue Huth
We are so sorry for your loss.

To : family of Linda Smith
Date :Tuesday, February 5th 2019
From : Connie Rower Guyton
Linda and I attended high school together and graduated in the class of 1961. Always a pretty girl- beautiful from the inside out- Know she made a difference in her life. Wish I had known she was a part of St. Mark's. I am a part of the Findlay Emmaus group who meet there. Cherish your many memories

To : Rod Smith Family
Date :Wednesday, February 6th 2019
From : Walt Homan
Rod, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. So sorry for your lost. We will be out of town during visitation and services so just wanted to extend our sorrow and prayers to you and your family.
Walt & Jane Homan

To : Rod and Family
Date :Thursday, February 7th 2019
From : Dave and Jane Deeter
So sorry for your loss. Linda was a special lady and we enjoyed working with her at Marathon. She always had a contagious smile.

To : Linda Smith family
Date :Friday, February 8th 2019
From : sue droll gillig
so very sorry for your loss... I knew her from Marathon... very professional and a very nice person

To : Linda's Family
Date :Saturday, February 9th 2019
From : Carolyn Jim Amburgey
Dear Rodney, Shelley, Ryan & Family,
We send our deepest sympathy to all of you for the loss of your beautiful wife, loving Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother,
Linda was a wonderful lady. We admired her very much! She will be sadly missed. May God Bless you all and bring you Comfort and Peace during this difficult time!!
Love & Prayers, Carolyn & Jim