|Donald Paul Smith|
|Birth: 18 JUL 1949 Ludington, Mason County, Michigan
|1st Marriage: 30 OCT 1967 to Beverly Jean
Place: Ludington Free Methodist Church, Mason Co, Michigan.
Date: BEGINNING IN 1967
Place: The UpJohn Company or Pharmacia-UpJohn, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
|Birth of Daughter: 05 JUN 1968
Name: Michelle Lynn Smith
Place: Ludington Memorial Hospital, Ludington, Mason Co, Michigan
|Birth of Son: 12 NOV 1970
Name: Michael Paul Smith
Place: Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Mike passed away on 18 JUN 1992.
|Birth of Daughter: 29 JAN 1975
Name: Melanie Marie Smith
Place: Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan
|Graduation: ABT 1975
Place: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
|Birth of Daughter: 13 JUL 1977
Name: Melissa Joanne Smith
Place: Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Date: BEGINNING IN 1984
Place: Cooper Twp Fire Department, Cooper Twp, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Note: Fireman and Emergency Medical Technician
Divorce: 03 MAR 1988 from Beverly Jean
| 2nd Marriage:
23 JUN 1990, Kalamazoo Free Methodist Church, Kalamazoo Co, Michigan. To Vickie Laverne Dalrymple.
click here to see parents: Paul Goodwin Smith and Marilyn Grace Shue
|Beverly Jean Laude|
10 DEC 1950 Ludington, Mason County, Michigan
2nd Marriage: 16 SEP 1990 to Clyde Yancey
3rd Marriage: 20 APR 1996 to Jay R. Freese
4th Marriage: JUL 2004 to Donald Chaney
click here to see parents: Francis Earl Laude and Gladys Esther Marrison
Note: (written January 2000) My full name is Beverly Jean Laude. I wasn't named after anyone, I guess my parents just liked the name. When I was in grade school the kids called me "Bean Pole", but that changed to "Loud Mouth" starting in 8th grade when Pillsbury brought out their new Kool-aid drink called "Loud Mouth Lime". I was a cheerleader and I loved to talk so the name stuck. As an adult everyone calls me "Bev", but my best friend Rita calls me "Bevie".
I was born in Ludington at Memorial Hospital on December 10, 1950 at 2:10pm.
I know very little about my grandparents. My Grandma Marrison's father was a minister. Both sets of grandparents
were poor farmers. Grandpa Laude often told me that I reminded him of my father's mother. He would always hug me when he told me, so I think he loved her very much.
The oldest person I can remember was my Grandpa Marrison. I remember when I would see him, he would put me on his lap and give me his hanky to shine his bald head.
When I was a child I hated it when I had to take the milk jug down to my Dad in the barn. It was only if he forgot it and
the cows that had already been milked would be in the barnyard and they would always come up to me with their snotty noses. They were so big and I was scared. One time the cows chased me across the barnyard and I ran right into a barbed-wire fence. I still have a scar on my upper lip where I hit the fence.
I don't remember having any special nursery rhymes, but Peter Pan was my favorite book as I grew up. I thought it was real
and I was sure that someday I would be able to fly.
My pets were Blacky, a dashound, and Tina, a terrier.
Even though we weren't rich, we always had enough food because we lived on a farm until I was 13 years old; but, we rarely had things like potato chips or snacks, and candy was only on holidays. We ate a lot of wild game and I hated it. Maybe that was one reason I was skinny then.
My favorite toys were anything I could make into something: blocks, crayons and colored paper. I also loved my hula hoop
and my baton.
My favorite childhood games were jump rope, hop scotch and swinging. I really liked to swing on the big rope we had in
the hay mow. I also liked moving straw bales and building forts. I also loved climbing trees. My sister and I had a
tree fort in the apple orchard and I liked playing there.
I rode the school bus to get to school. My school was small, my class being the largest they had to Mason County Eastern.
There were 32 kids in my grade. We went on field trips like to Greenfield Village. Kids were mean then, too. They used to
make fun of my clothes because I always wore my sister's hand-me-downs.
Art was always my favorite subject, I guess because I was good at it and it allowed me to express my feelings, which was not encouraged at any other time. I also loved band, which I started in 4th grade. I played the clarinet.
School was all pretty easy for it. It was a good thing because I hated to study. I always liked classes where we could
participate. It wasn't much fun sitting still for me. Math was probably my least favorite subject because there was always
homework - but I could do it on the bus so that it didn't cut into my playtime.
I was a cheerleader for basketball. Our school was too small to have a football team. I also worked on the yearbook when I was in high school and I was in band. I received many medals for band. We went to several solo and group competitions every year.
My friends and I hung out at Johnny's after school. It was a skating rink (roller rink) on Friday night and a dance hall on
Saturday night. I loved to skate and to dance. Sometimes we would go to the drug store for a Cherry Phoshate. They had a
I completed 12 years of education, receiving mostly A's and a few B's. I didn't like the classes in school, I thought they
were pretty boring. Teachers didn't seem to care if you were ahead of the rest of the class or behind them. They wanted
everyone to be at the same level. They were more concerned with behavior instead of education. I loved being with my friends in school, but I was never a conformer and that was difficult. I think that school took away our individuality and it did a lot to rob us of our self-esteem and creativity.
Until I was in 6th grade we could wear pants, so even if I had a dress on I usually wore shorts underneath. I loved the
jungle gym. When I was in 6th grade girls had to wear dresses. We wore knee socks. No jeans were allowed.
I was 15 1/2 when I had my first date (May 1966). Don Smith took me to the Youth For Christ Banquet. I remember he bought me a corsage and I wore a pink dress. We went to his house afterwards and played pool. I was supposed to be home by 11:00 and I was afraid to tell him. It was after midnight when I got home and I was in trouble with my parents. I was so scared and nervous that I broke out in hives and people thought that I was sick.
I met Don in church - his sister, Jan, was my friend. He was so shy that he actually asked me on our first date in the
church parking lot in the rain. We dated each other 17 months before we got married. My wedding proposal was different
because I was pregnant at the time. We actually picked out an engagement ring with his mother and that night in the car he
asked me to marry him.
We were married in Ludington Free Methodist Church on October 28, 1967. All of my aunts and uncles and Grandma Marrison were there. My dad walked me down the aisle. My dad was about 15 minutes late getting home that day and I wouldn't go to the church without him.
For our honeymoon we spent one night in the Chipawau Hotel in Manistee. Then Don had to go back to college (Ferris State University). I lived with my parents for the first year of our marriage.
The thing I admired the most about Don was that he paid attention to me and I felt special for the first time in my
life. We were married for 20 years before we got divorced in 1986. My marital advice to my descendants is to never give up their dreams. Just because you have chosen a person to spend your life with doesn't mean you are no longer able to be or do whatever your heart desires. Your true soulmate would never discourage your dreams. They would be by your side enjoying your successes and helping you through your failures, as you would be there for them.
The way I found out that I was going to be a parent for the first time was that I was in the Harvest Festival Parade and I
got sick on the rides. Don's mother told me I was pregnant and made a doctor's appointment for me.
I had four children altogether: Michelle Lynn (6/5/68), Michael Paul (11/17/70), Melanie Marie (1/29/75), and Melissa
Joanne (7/13/77). My children all amazed me. Shelly (Michelle) could talk and had quite a vocabulary at 10 months.
Mike whistled at 10 months. Melanie learned to walk on her knees to get around until her stomach muscles got stronger.
Missy walked a week before she was 9 months old. They were all so smart and quick to catch onto anything. I tried to teach them. It was sometimes overwhelming to try and keep them stimulated.
The funniest thing I can remember about my kids was when we were visiting Grandma Marrison in the nursing home. Mike
spotted a black man at the end of the hall and he ran screaming at the top of his lungs, "Look at the Chocolate Man!" He was about 3 and he had never realized people's skin was different colors before. The old gentleman scooped him up on his lap and hugged him.
When I was a child I wanted to be an artist. When I grew up, though, I had a variety of jobs. I was a Day Care Provider, a
Merchandiser for Mr. B's Warehouse, a Loan Processor, a Loan Underwriter, and a Loan Quality Control Supervisor. Eight hours a day was normal for me, but I've also worked lots of overtime on and off. I was employee of the month at First of America bank.
Politically, I've always voted for the person whose ideas were closest to mine. I'm a little bit conservative and a little
bit liberal. I don't believe in giving away too much to people or other countries; but, I do believe that people or nations
that are able should freely help anyone in need. I think it's important to stop short of making those you help dependant on
your help, but allowing them to maintain their ability to help themselves.
I'm 5'8" tall. As a child I had blonde hair but as an adult it became brown. I have hazel eyes.
I've lived many different places. Big Rapids from Sep 1968 - May 1969. Ludington from May 1969 - Jan 1970. Kalamazoo from Jan 1970 - July 1996. Billericay, England from July 1996 - Mar 1998. Kalamazoo from March 1998 - March 2000. Palm Springs, California from March 2000 - present.
I've got good general health, but I have had ovarian cancer (not hereditary) and rheumatoid arthritis.
I grew up in the Baptist church and changed to Free Methodist after I got married. I no longer attend regularly. I believe
in God and I know that he is the creator and only through belief in his Son can you go to heaven.
My hobbies and knitting, crocheting, cross stitching and collecting antiques.
When I was younger, I was a girl scout and in GMG (Girl's Missionary Guild). I sang in the church choir as a child and
as an adult. I was in the marching band. I was also involved in the PTA.
The longest trip I've ever gone on was when I lived in England for 20 months. I was able to travel throughout the country and visit not only their castles and other historical sites; but, I got a chance to go to Oldcotes and see where my ancestors came from and walk where they walked. It was an emotional experience.
My favorite vacation was probably when we went to Madeira off the coast of Africa. It was like stepping back in time and
being in an unspoiled paradise.
Something I've always wanted to do is to write a book. I have started many times and never completed any of them.
My favorite season is spring. I love to see the new beginning as everything wakes up from its winter nap.
My favorite holiday is Christmas, not only for the decorations and celebrations but for the time I can spend with my family.
My favorite color is red, not only for all the shades that are available, but I actually feel better when I wear red. It
lifts my spirits.
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