SMITH, MAXINE Maxine (George) Smith passed away peacefully on January 13, 2013, at 89. Beloved mother of four children - Lynn Hazelbaker, Kim George, Kevin George and Jay George (deceased). Maxine was born in Miller, South Dakota. She moved west in 1941 to attend San Diego State College, earning a teaching credential. During her 30-plus year career, Maxine introduced hundreds of first-graders to the joys of learning. In 1947, Maxine wed Earl George, father of her children, with whom she remained happily married until his untimely death in 1983. A decade later, Maxine got a second chance at love when she met Elbert Smith, with whom she spent 10 joyous years until his death in 2004. In addition to her three living children, Maxine is survived by her brother, Kenneth Erb, two grandchildren (Charles and Thomas Hazelbaker); and four great-grandchildren (Cole, Dylan, Camden and Deacon Hazelbaker). No formal services are planned.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 27, 2013