Mackenzie Crea "Kenzie" Smith, 6, of Clawson, died Feb. 12, 2008, after a courageous fight with kidney cancer. She was born May 1, 2001, in Detroit. Mackenzie Smith loved taking bubble baths, soccer, dressing up, getting massages with her mom, tea parties, drawing, music, dancing, learning, swimming at her grandparents' home at the lake and her family. She idolized her big brother and loved watching out for her sister. Mackenzie will be remembered as a very energetic, feisty, extremely intelligent and determined girl who was loved immensely by her family and friends. Mackenzie Smith is survived by her parents, Debra and Jeremy; brother, Cooper; twin sister, Madyson; best friend, Jane; grandparents, Stephen and Gallen Smith and John and Susan Quertermus; great-grandmothers, Sally White and June Simon; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation, Thursday, 4-9 p.m., with children's time (with a social worker presentation) at 4:30, and Friday, 2-9 p.m., with a scripture service at 7 p.m., will be at Gramer Funeral Home, 705 N. Main St., Clawson. She will lie in state Saturday, 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. funeral Mass is celebratred at Guardian Angels Catholic Church. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre following the funeral. Memorials may be made to Cure Search, Wilms Initiative, www.curesearch.org. Online condolences may be offered at www.gramerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Tribune on February 14, 2008.