SMITH, Alice I. Her children called her blessed and her Jesus has called her home. Alice I. Smith passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Alice was preceded in death by her father and mother, the late Walter and Margaret James, and her sister, Sylvia Long. She is survived by her sister and brother, Evelyn Overton and Herbert James; and husband of 61 years, J. Ed "Bud" Smith, all of Largo. Alice is also survived by her daughters, Laurie Goodrich-Peters of Largo, Jeanne Lanham (husband, Butch) of Dalton, GA, Martha Hughes (husband, Paul) of Irmo, SC; and son, Scott Smith (wife, Lisa) of Grayson, GA; in addition, Alice is survived by her 11 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Alice was a farm girl from Spencer, IA, born on June 9, 1925. After attending the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied elementary education, Alice taught school in a 1-room Iowa schoolhouse. Following WWII, Alice moved to Tampa, where she met her husband, Ed, in the choir at Bayshore UMC. Over the years, both Ed and Alice were very active in numerous church ministries at Bayshore, First Church and Van Dyke United Methodist Churches. Ed and Alice moved to Largo in 2006 where they have resided since (at Pinecrest Place). They have been active members at Anona United Methodist Church. Alice was known for her beautiful smile, and for her love and joy for life. She continuously demonstrated a genuine care and prayerful concern for others. Alice was a follower of Christ, and in Him she placed her faith and life! The family extends a special thanks to the kind and gentle care provided by Largo Medical Center's Neuro ICU and to Suncoast Hospice Care Center Mid-Pinellas. Family visitation and viewing is scheduled for Thursday, April 17, at 12 pm, with a Celebration of Life Service & Reception to follow at 1 pm, at Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Alice Smith to Metropolitan Ministries, (https://www.metromin.org/give). Condolences may be offered at www.mossfeasterlargo.com or call (727)562-2080.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 16, 2014