I have the greatest memories of Aunt Grace - loved her stories and was so glad they moved to Idaho so that we could all get to know her better - she was one great person and I will miss her dearly.
Aunt Grace was a dear lady. Unfortunately I have only had the blessing to really know her and Uncle Earl during my adult life. The first time I met them was to visit them for Thanksgiving in 1996 while I was stationed in OK. After 5 min, I felt that I was with family I had been close to all my life. Her sense of humor, her ability to make one smile, and her dear heart will be greatly missed...Eric Roth
Philip and Nelda Stephenson
As the ones who new Grace best would surely know, you always knew where you stood with Grace because she would look you right in the eye and tell you the truth. This is just one of many traits of hers that I admired. Nelda feels blessed as I, with the opportunity to have known her.
As Judith's and Carl's friend, I had the opportunity to meet and know Grace and Earl. Of course Grace takes you into her heart and makes you feel like family immediately. I taught with Judith in England and she always regaled us with stories of 'mother and daddy'. So it was my pleasure to finally meet her parents a few, short years ago. Grace always appreciated phone calls and cards and made you feel like her best friend. Grace's openness and good ole' southern hospitality will be greatly missed.
Sheila and David Johnson
We will remember Aunt Grace
for many things, but we are so grateful for all the times we've gotten to spend with her~hearing her fun stories and hearing of her love and admiration for Uncle Earl, for their girls, Janice and Judith, and their son, Carl! What a legacy of love! How fitting that she went "home" on Valentine's Day! Idaho will not be the same without her! We will not be the same without her!
LInda and Andy van Dam
Andy and I met Grace for the first time just a few years ago--what a privilege and honor it has been to get to know her. Her smile, her truthfulness, her great sense of humor, and the way she immediately made us feel as if we had known her for years. Her passing filled us with such sadness but we are so very happy that she is in the best place she could ever be. We'll miss you, Grace!
I will always remember the many wonderful dinners we shared with the Smiths during the years we lived near one another. There were those special breakfasts also when Mr. Earl prepared those special Ebelskiver pancakes with bacon and we shared around their table. Grace and Earl were like another set of grandparents to our children and they supported them as they grew up. Grace taught both of them in Sunday School and they enjoyed being with her often. I personally will not forget how supportive she was to me as I changed careers and entered seminary. That has been almost 20 years ago now but I will always remember the words of encouragement that she and Earl spoke to me as I made that big change later in life. We will always remember the gift of hospitality that Grace and Earl shared with us and with many during the years we knew them.
Charles and Margaret George
Caring thoughts are with all of you as we remember Grace. A special lady....A treasured friend.
I soooo enjoyed knowing Grace, as she was an amazing woman. I knew Grace from my dealings with her and her wonderful husband Earl at my workplace, Idaho Independent Bank. I always looked forward to their visits to the bank so I could chat and catch up. What an amzing life full of love and laughter Grace lived. I will miss seeing her smiling face walk through the doors here. An angel has left this earth. Much love to the family.
Our friendship first began when I met Grace at Wesley United Methodist Church in Athens, Tx where she and Mr. Earl made my family and me feel very comfortable and welcome. She was the Sunday School teacher for our children, David and Laura, and grew to love them as her own. It wasn't long before the Smiths and the Carpenters were exchanging home visits that included wonderful meals. I loved going to Grace's house! It was always so welcome and relaxing, which began with the little quaint, narrow, winding lane that tunneled through the trees. As we approached their home, I could sense the peacefulness of the environment through the beautiful flowers and plants and the lake. Next, Heidi, ther beloved dog would bound out to greet us with Grace and her glowing smile. Grace always made me feel special. We had many discussions about schools and teachers. She loved beautiful things such as cards and flowers, especially violets--but mostly people with beautiful personalities. I will miss my friend, Grace!
Joe and Carla Foti
We will miss you Aunt Grace! You are a wonderful lady and will be missed.
I have known Mrs. Smith since my childhood. Judith and I are the same age, we went to school together (starting the 1st grade and graduated together) and we attended the First United Methodist Church in Grapevine TX all of those years. For some unknown reason, Mrs. Smith had me on a pedestal that I never did understand. I will say that while I was not the Beaver, my personal character was in between that of the Beaver and Eddie Haskell and closer to that of Eddie. She was a special person in my life and I canít imagine that she changed afterward after leaving Texas. She always saw the best in everyone. Just like Eddie, I always tried to be the person that she imagined that I should be. And if you are too young to know who is the Beaver and Eddie Haskell, ask Janice or Judith.
At the time that the Smiths lived in Grapevine, it was a small town. There were 88 persons in Judithís and my graduation class and today there are 2 high schools with over 1,000 graduating each year from the school district. In our day, everyone knew everybody and one could not get away with anything without the entire town knowing. Mrs. Smith was one of those that kept me on the tight and narrow.
I have read some of the other comments from others that knew her in recent years and she has been the same sweet person that I remember. She will be missed by many.
If everyone was as nice to everyone else that she was, this world would be a better place to live.
To those in Idaho and knew her recently, I will say that she still was my 2nd mom in Texas and that I do miss her. To Mr. Smith, Janice, Judith and extend family, my sincere condolences.
The Brooks Family
It is with caring thoughts we remember our longtime friend, Grace Smith. She was a true dear friend who has had a special place in our hearts for 56 years.
With cherished memories, our love to each of you.
Edith, Ed & Trish and Brad & Lisa
I met Mrs. Smith when I was in high school in Grapevine, Tx. Judith and I were friends and Mrs. Smith always treated me like a daughter. She was always smiling and happy and always had a funny joke to tell.
What a wonderful woman!
Sarah Anstett and family
Grace was one of my favorite "adopted" grandparents. I knew her while she was at Fairwinds with my grandmother, Dorothy.
To her family my deepest sympathy and love,
Sarah and family