Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Tribute to Jane Anita Smith (Archer) (1925-2014)

This month, we lost our grandmother Smith so I wanted to write a blog post in memory of her- separate from 52 Ancestors. 

Jane Anita Smith (Archer)

B. 06 Apr 1925 in Los Angeles, California
D. 07 Dec 2014 in Prescott, Arizona

Jane was an only child. Her parents were Elmer E. Archer (1894-1968) & Florence M. Longphre (1891-1982). She grew up in San Diego, California. 


1943: San Diego High School
1947: Earned degree and teaching certificate from San Diego State College


Jane married Dr. Walter Morse Smith (1920-1985) on 19 Jun 1948 at the age of 23 in San Diego, California. 

The two had 3 sons together and raised them in their home in San Diego.


From The Daily Courier- Prescott, Arizona Newspaper- 10 Dec 2014

Jane Anita (Archer) Smith, 89, who was born  to Elmer E. Archer and Florence (Longphre) Archer on April 6, 1925, in Los Angeles, California, passed away on Dec. 7, 2014 in Prescott, Arizona.

The Archer family moved to San Diego, where Jane grew up and graduated from San Diego High School in 1943. She earned her degree and teachers certificate from San Diego State College in 1947. She met Walter M. Smith in San Diego and the two were married on June 19, 1948. For the next 37 years, the couple lived and worked in San Diego, where they raised their three sons.

In 1990, Jane moved to Prescott, where she became very active in her church community, volunteering many hours as a Eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart Parish and with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Prescott. 

Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Walter Morse Smith, M.D. She is survived by her children, Walter M. Smith Jr. and wife Carol E. (Pedersen) Smith of San Diego, California, Paul B. Smith and wife Leslie K. (Cheever) Smith of Prescott, Arizona, and David A. Smith and wife Sylvia S. (DeHoff) Smith of Fresno, California; eight grandchildren, Brian Smith, Kevin (Rachel) Smith, Sarah (Tim) Synder, Jeremy (Dana) Smith, Michael (Diana) Smith, Steven Smith, Jeffery Smith, and James (Carrie) Smith; and nine great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Harper and Carson Snyder, Ryan and Kori Smith, Sofia, Madeline, and Jacob Smith and Jack Smith. 

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prescott. Father Fred LeClaire, CMF and Deacon Michael Johnsen will preside. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Prescott would be appreciated.