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Geraldine La Rue Smith
December 26, 1925 -
July 20, 2014

Geraldine ("Gerry") La Rue Smith, age 88, and a 58-year resident in Pasadena, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Watsonville, CA. She was born on December 26, 1925 in Aurora, CO to Alma ("Ruth") and Waldo Bennett. In 1943, she graduated from Los Angeles High School.
Gerry was married for 66 years to Jim Smith, who passed away in Oct. 2011. She is survived by her 3 children: Gregory, Bradford (wife Susanna), and Victoria; 4 grandchildren: Bradford, Kyle, Jennifer (husband Ryan), and Brett; nephew Ronald (wife Judy); and nieces Margaret (husband Frank) and Kathryn (husband Darryl).
In addition to fulfilling the multiple roles of a loving and supportive wife and mother, Gerry assumed leadership roles in many diverse organizations over the course of several decades. As a young mother, she was a leader for her children's participation in Cub Scouts and Campfire Girls. At her churches, her leadership roles included being a Sunday School teacher, camp counselor, and senior leader for church education with the Disciples of Christ Christian Church. Also, she ascended to senior leadership positions for 2 worldwide Jewish organizations - Hadassah and ORT.
While our family has lost an inspiring guiding light, manifested through the expression of her great wisdom, love and spiritual faith, we are comforted in knowing that Mom has found peace in heaven.
A celebration of Gerry's life will be held at 4:00 PM, Sun., August 10am at Cabot & Sons, 27 Chestnut St., Pasadena 91103.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 3, 2014
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