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Suzanne Emily Smith

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Suzanne Emily Smith Obituary
July 10, 1942 - August 22, 2017 Suzanne Emily Smith (née Glandorf), a longtime Orange County environmental leader, community volunteer and animal rescuer, has lost her brave battle with cancer. Smith, 75, of Huntington Beach, also known as Suzie by family and friends, died in her sleep August 22 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. Born on July 10, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Smith was the daughter of a salesman and homemaker. She moved to Tarzana, CA, with her family in 1955 and graduated from Immaculate Heart High School in 1960. She moved to Huntington Beach in 1968 and lived there the rest of her life. Smith is perhaps best known in the Huntington Beach community where she worked for 25 years as an office coordinator at the Edison Community Center (1977 to 2002). She was also devoted to her community where she directed her energy, talents, and optimism advocating for local political candidates and causes. Smith is a founding member of the Residence for Responsible Desalinization, assistant chairperson for the 1976 Huntington Beach Bicentennial Celebration and volunteered for local politicians and environmental organizations throughout Orange County. She was also a dedicated reader of the LA Times, an avid runner and tennis player. Although she earned her bachelor's degree in 1965, and her teaching credential at CSULB in 1967, Smith never followed that career path. Instead she was a dedicated mother and wife to her late husband Dr. Robert Smith, who predeceased her on Oct. 31, 2013. The couple was married for 47 years. Smith is survived by her only son, Scott Smith, his wife, Nancy Koch, grandson, Paul, niece, Darcy Buckalew and nephew, Devin Kelley. She also leaves behind her beloved cats. She was predeceased by her parents Kathryn Masminster and Richard Carl Glandorf, as well as her sister Darylene Kelley.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30, 2017
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