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Cheryle Elizabeth (Curtis) Smith

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Cheryle C. Smith, 85, died Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Hermosa Beach, after an extended illness. Mrs. Smith retired from TRW in 1990 after a career of more than 30 years as an engineer. She managed numerous developmental projects for the Department of Defense including weapons systems, communications and computer hardware and software. During her outstanding career, she was recognized as an expert in large airships. Mrs. Smith was a recipient of the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the highest such award bestowed by the United States Air Force. Born in Laporte, Indiana, she and her husband of 60 years, moved to Manhattan Beach, California in 1968. An accomplished artist and musician, she performed with the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra for many years. Survivors include her husband, Lt. Col., Robert T. Smith, Jr. (U.S. Air Force, Retired); Jayne Hay (sister); Jeanne Eversole (cousin); a niece and two nephews. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 5, 2010 at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, California. She will be laid to rest at Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Muncie, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made upon the donor's choice in memory of Mrs. Smith. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits. Please go to the mortuary's website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services. Check back to view the online video tribute.

Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 4, 2010
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