Keeseville — Anna Grace Smith, 94, formerly of Grove Street, Keeseville, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Meadowbrook Healthcare in Plattsburgh with her loving family by her side.
She was born in Apollo, Pennsylvania, April 27, 1920, the daughter of John and Grace (Painter) Hoover. She married Earl Smith October 2, 1940. He passed away Feb. 1994. Her grandson James Shirley moved in with his grandparents in his high school years and took her everywhere especially bingo after her husband passed away. James "Jimmy" Shirley passed away in 2008.
Anna was a star athlete on her high school championship basketball team. She married Earl Smith and spent 20+ years traveling to military bases throughout the U.S. and England and raised three children, each of whom were born at a different military base. In 1963, the family settled in Keeseville and she became an active member of the community. She worked for various newspapers, taking pictures of special events and writing local interest stories. She loved photography. She worked at the election polls for many years even after retirement.
She was a talented baker, making multi-tiered wedding cakes that tasted as great as they looked. She loved playing Bingo. She opened her home to foster children during summer months. She loved to travel and shop and spend time with her grandchildren spoiling them. She was a lifetime member of the VFW women's auxiliary, and a member of the Independent Baptist Church in Keeseville. What brought her the most joy was having both of her daughters, Joyce Weister and Judy Smith, and their families living in the local area.
She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Weister, of Plattsburgh; her son, Earl Paul Smith II, of Colleyville, Texas; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great- grandchildren. She is survived by one brother, Charles William Hoover of North Vandergrift, Pa.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Independent Baptist Church in Keeseville. A reception will follow at the VFW Post 1505 in Keeseville.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville, 834-7667. To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of Anna Smith please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com