Grants Pass Courier July 10, 2004

Edna D. Smith

Former Grants pass resident Edna D. Smith, 83, of Salem, died June 27, 2004, at an assisted living facility.

A graveside service will be at noon on Tuesday at Hawthorne memorial Gardens. A memorial service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Newman United Methodist Church with Brett Strobel, pastor, officiating. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Oregon Trail Chapter, 1311 N.W. 21st St., Portland, OR 97209, or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4445 S.W. Barbur Blvd., Suite C-101, Portland, OR 97201.

Edna was born on Aug. 4, 1920, to James G. and Audra Cleland in Baldwin Park, Calif. She graduated from Coving High School and Chaffey Junior College. She met her husband, A. Burton Smith, through church activities and they were married on Jan. 26, 1941, in Baldwin Park.

She moved to Grants Pass during World War II to live with her parents while her husband was in the U.S. Navy. Edna was a homemaker before she started working for the Grants Pass School District in the early 1970s. After 12 years, she retired in 1984.

She lived in Grants Pass for 58 years before moving to Salem to live at an assisted living facility.

Edna enjoyed traveling, sewing, knitting and playing card games.

Survivors include her sons, Gilman Smith of Rockaway Beach and Nathan Smith of Kent, Wash.; daughters, Gail Smith of Salem and Jacqueline Anderson of Keizer; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband.