Carol E. Smith (1920 - 2013)

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Carol E. Smith

Carol Eileen (Erickson) Smith, former West Lafayette resident, died Saturday, December 7, at Harbour Manor in Noblesville. She was 93.

Carol was born to the late Richard Nestor and Lempi (Korpinen) Erickson in Painesville, Ohio, on November 13, 1920. She received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Wheaton College (Ill.) in 1942, attended medical school in Philadelphia, and aspired to be a medical missionary overseas. She was one of the first women in the U.S. to receive her seaplane pilot's license.

In 1941, before her senior year of college, Carol was named national director of Girls Guild. Under her leadership, the fledgling Christian organization became Pioneer Girls and is known today as Pioneer Clubs. She served on the organization's board for thirty years.

Carol married Dr. Allen Horton Smith on December 29, 1945, in Akron, Ohio. After raising her eight children, Carol received her master's degree in education from Butler University and an education specialist certification from Ball State University. She taught high school science in Indianapolis Public Schools and served as science department head at Shortridge and Arsenal Technical high schools.

Carol loved the Lord with all her heart. Her other great joy in life was spending time with her family. Surviving are seven of her children: Richard Dwight Smith of Noblesville; Dr. Eric Sackett Smith (wife: Ann) of Olathe, Kan.; Dr. Jonathan Vaughn Smith (wife: Dawn) of Redmond, Ore.; Louise Twigg (husband: Dennis) of Columbia, S.C.; Sylvia Shepler (husband: Bill) of Noblesville; Rebecca Vreeland (husband: William) of Lakeport, Calif.; and Dr. Sarah Yoder (husband: Dr. Mark) of Brazil, Ind. Also surviving are 31 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Allen; siblings, George Erickson and Joy (Erickson) Granger; son Phillip Allen Smith; daughter-in-law Sharon (Gligora) Smith; and granddaughter Dara Smith.

Visitation will be held at Fisher Family Funeral Chapel, 914 Columbia Street, Lafayette, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, December 13, with a service at 1:15 p.m. Interment following at Spring Vale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, PO Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862, or Pioneer Clubs, PO Box 788, Wheaton, IL 60187.

You may light a Candle of Remembrance of Carol by visiting

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Fisher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services
914 Columbia Street  Lafayette, IN 47901
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Dec. 11, 2013
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