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Ericka Jennifer Smith

Obituary for Ericka Jennifer Smith

April 9, 1971 - October 7, 2017
Crystal Lake, Illinois | Age 46

Loving Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, and Aunt


Ericka Jennifer Smith, age 46, of Crystal Lake, passed away Saturday, October 7, 2017. Ericka was born April 9, 1971, the daughter of Mike and Toddi (nee Baseley) Conway. On December 5, 1998, she married the love of her life, Eric Smith, in Crystal Lake.
Ericka received her bachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri State University as her family's first college graduate, much to their delight. She went on to obtain her Master's degree from National Louis University, graduating with Honors.
Ericka's passion was the English language. Her expertise was telling a story that would either enthrall you or make you cringe, but would definitely challenge your perspective and make you laugh out loud. Ericka had the gift of gab and the ability to find humor in every crazy situation she encountered in life. Even the mundane became extraordinary.
Ericka was extraordinary.
Ericka is survived by her husband of 18 years, Eric; her pride and joy, Keegan Käthe; and parents: Mike and Toddi Conway. She is further survived by her sister: Katie (Joe) Sharp; nieces: Lilly, Maggie, and Abby; and in-laws: Charles and Gerda Smith.
She is preceded in death by maternal grandparents: Claude and Mary Baseley; paternal grandmother: Leona Conway; and aunt, Lynne Donarski.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017, from 4pm to 8pm, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Dr, McHenry.
Rikki always put the hopes and dreams of Keegan above her own, and she did everything possible to give her daughter the tools and experiences to forge her own path. To keep Rikki's spirit alive, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Keegan Smith Education Fund, C/O McHenry Bank and Trust.
Please join us on Saturday, October 21, 2017, Lake Side Legacy Arts Park "Dole Mansion," 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014, to celebrate Rikki's life in the manner she loved most – sharing stories with friends and family. Services will begin at 6:00PM.
For more information, visit or call 815-385-0063.

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591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
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