Elizabeth "Biz" Smith

  • "Hey aunty it's been 11 years and it's still not any easier..."
    - Jessie Hammond
  • "Hey aunt biz I miss u so much idk how I'm surviving without..."
    - Jessie Burrell
  • "Hey aunty I can't believe how long it's been I miss u and..."
    - jessie burrell
  • "I'm making Ur favorite cake tonight it is so hard I can't..."
    - jessie burrell
  • "Laying here thinking of u and aunt Candace praying her is..."
    - Jessie Burrell

Anchorage resident Elizabeth "Biz" Joan Smith, 40, died of cancer Nov. 25, 2007, at her home surrounded by family and friends.
A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lucy Cuddy Center on the campus of her beloved alma mater, the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Her family wrote: "She asked that everyone meet to swap stories, laugh and remember her with a smile, as that is how she will remember all of you. Please dress casually as she wanted 'no gloom and doom, pomp nor circumstance.' "
Biz was born Aug. 4, 1967, in Browning, Mont., to Clarke and Rebecca Smith. She moved to Anchorage with her family in 1983 and graduated from West High School in 1985. She attended UAA, earning degrees in anthropology and history. She loved languages and learned to speak several foreign languages. She loved all forms of music. Loving theater, she was house manager for the UAA theater department for eight years.
Biz loved to travel, preferring to rent cars and spend weeks driving around other countries. Never one to favor tourist resorts, she loved to find little towns in each country she visited and get to know the people. Biz also loved the Alaska outdoors -- camping, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking. She even spent seven "seasons" working at lodges in King Salmon. At the time of her illness, Biz was employed by Christensen Builders Inc.
Her family wrote: "Biz was a kind, caring person who never waited to be asked if she saw a need, but instead, jumped to help anyone who needed it. Having a quick mind and rapier wit, she saw debate as an art form and was a true master of intelligent dialogue. A great storyteller who could find humor in every situation, Biz loved to entertain and, like Will Rogers, never saw strangers, only friends she hadn't as yet met. Courageous and gracious as she bravely fought cancer, she never lost that glorious sense of humor that so defined her as a person. Biz was a loving aunt, prizing her nieces and nephews above all else, often referring to them as the 'lights of her life,' and a loving and caring daughter and friend who will be truly missed by all."
She is survived by her parents, Clarke and Rebecca; sisters and brothers-in-law, Charles and Candace Clemmer and Seth and Stacie Sivers; brother, Clarke Jr. and his companion, Teri True; nieces and nephews, Jessie Lynne Hammond, Dalton Weekley, Vanessa Smith and Skylar Clemmer; friends, DeLaine Sanchez and Myra Fernandez; "adopted brother," Retchi Teves; grandmother, Joan Brown of Portland, Ore.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Alaska Native Medical Center Oncology Department; her boss, Auggie, and his family; Dennis Millhouse and family; her incredible neighbors, Josh, Daisey, Brandon and Caiden; and the many others who helped ease her last year with us.
Biz asked that any memorials be made as contributions to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle or to a favorite charity.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 29, 2007