Grace M. Smith, 102, passed away peacefully in her home in Clearwater, Florida on May 1, 2012.
Born Grace Meryl Jones in Newell, W.Va., on March 3, 1910, she attended school in West Virginia and after graduating from West Liberty College was an elementary school teacher in Newell. She married Alfred J. Smith of Salineville, Ohio, on April 2, 1936, and the couple settled in Lisbon, Ohio, where she continued her teaching career at McKinley Elementary School. After retiring from teaching the couple moved to On Top of the World condominiums in Clearwater, Fla., in 1971 where she has resided ever since.
Grace was a member of Eva Chapter 311 of New Lisbon Eastern Star and active in many local organizations over the years. The couple were co-owners of Park Avenue Market in Lisbon with the Wolfe family, and Grace served as co-manager of the grocery store while Alfred served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II.
Over her 102 years, as a school teacher and with her community involvement, Grace touched many lives in both Lisbon and Clearwater and will be sorely missed. She leaves a brother, Gail Jones of Georgetown, Pennsylvania; a son, Alfred J. Smith II and daughter-in-law Sue Smith of Tampa, Fla.; a nephew Robert C. Jones of Newell, W.Va.; two grandsons, Mathew S. Smith of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Robert D. Smith of Land O' Lakes, Fla.; three great grandsons and two great granddaughters.
Graveside services will be held at Woodland Cemetery in Salineville, Ohio, at 11 a.m. Monday, May 7, where she will be placed beside her husband who preceded her in death in March 1985. The family requests that donations be made in Grace's name to Suncoast Hospice Red Team, 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, FL, 727-586-4432, in lieu of flowers.
Kerr-Pastore Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. To view or send online condolences, visit www.kpwfh.com.