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Elizabeth Cox Hamilton Smith passed away peacefully at home on January 10, 2013, surrounded by her family and beloved pets, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Lisel, as she was known to family, was born in Evanston on April 24, 1934, along with her twin sister, Ann (Ann Worden Hamilton Miller), to Eleanor Failey Hamilton and John Worden Hamilton. She grew up in Winnetka, where she lived for most of her nearly 79 years, and was deeply rooted in the community and connected to individuals in all walks of life - neighbors, merchants, postal carriers and more. She attended Hubbard Woods and Skokie Schools, as well as New Trier High School. She later attended Centenary College in New Jersey and Indiana University, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. From an early age Lisel was a lover of pets and all creatures of nature. Her house was always home to at least one Labrador Retriever, often more. Friends joked that being reborn as a pet in the Smith household would undoubtedly be the pinnacle of a comfortable, nurtured existence. Besides Winnetka, the small town of Culver, Indiana, occupied a special place in Lisel's heart. She spent childhood summers at her mother's family cottage on Lake Maxinkuckee - and gathered there in adulthood, with children and grandchildren. She will be laid to rest this summer at Culver, alongside her beloved sister and parents. Lisel was a curious woman: a voracious reader of the New York Times and an informed follower of current events. She was also a devoted patron of the arts and culture in the Chicago area - a member of the Chicago Art Institute and an enthusiastic fan of live theater and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Chicago Fortnightly Club. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Frank Anson Smith; four children, Tom, Ann, Susan and Chris; five grandchildren, Gordie, Taylor and Ali Smith, and Maya and Anjali Jain; a dog, Barbie and cat, Sandy. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church in Winnetka on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2:00PM Donations in lieu of flowers should be made in her name to the Humane Society.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 15, 2013
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