I count myself very privileged, eternally and deeply grateful to have known Mrs Smith for so many years and for her constant, unconditional love. I am truly deeply honoured I had the opportunity to be part of the team to support Mrs Smith, where I could, in the latter years of her life. Mrs Smith[…]

Janet Ford

Where would I have been without you? I think I would have been lost forever. I could never be what I was meant to be until I met you and found a safe place under your wings. Every day I give thanks for you – sometimes with joy and sometimes with tears. I will never[…]

Inge David

My dearest Marina, I think of you so very often and, oh, how I miss your wonderful letters which were always so chockful of news and delightful pictures of your family, especially all your beautiful grandchildren. You provided them with so much knowledge regarding other faiths, a faith other than their own and you told[…]

Bernice Krantz

I first met Marina and family in 1995-6. An extraordinary lady and family. She was amazing warm friendly and highly intelligent. I visited the Holocaust centre recently on 4th June with colleagues from Generation2Generation. We had a marvellous day but really missed seeing Marina. I felt very sad arriving in the car park where she[…]

Hannah Brown

I can’t believe it has been a year since our beloved Mother left us. She has gone but is forever cherished in our hearts. Her teaching keeps us steady, her faith strengthens us, her love holds us close, till we meet again…… The following was written on Marina Smith’s passing in July 2022 It’s strange[…]

Claire Gartland

Today Theo told me, “I don’t miss her, I REMEMBER her. In here.” (Pointing to his temples with both index fingers). I remember you in the quiet places; in the joyful times; in the difficult times when it’s hard to see the light; in the busy family moments, and the solitary occasions. I remember you,[…]

Susanna Russell

Today on Mothers Day, I am joining with friends globally to especially remember Mrs Smith, whom to so many of us and to me, was a considered our Mother.  I continue to endeavour to live my life according to the guidance, faith, encouragement, standards and care you set for us and the unwavering, unquestioning love[…]

Janet and Glen Ford

It was such a delight to share tea together using the tea set that Marina so generously gave to us and reminds us so much of being at Bethany. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for such love and faithfulness – may we always live true to these words and the example she set. May[…]

Nina Newell

My dear Mrs Smith, Thank you for everything. Words cannot express it – your generosity, your love and care, your deep understanding. You welcomed me into your home, treating me like your own child. You brought me to my faith and through that taught and equipped me for life. And what an example you set[…]

Michael Newman

Like many others no doubt, I have fond memories of sitting in the cottage next to the National Holocaust Centre, that was home to Marina and Eddie, and enjoying such warm and generous hospitality. There was a strong sense of being at home, it just felt familiar; just as you would be having a cup[…]