Althea Smithers Soto

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    - MELINDA MONTEEN

Althea Smithers Soto Althea Soto, 92, of Cambria passed away on August 2, 2018. She was born on March 12, 1926, to local pioneers of the Cambria area, Lester and Gladys Smithers. Althea was born and raised on the Cambria dairy and cattle ranch known today as the Leimert Tract. The Smithers family married into the early Leffingwell family which came to this area in 1858, before the town of Cambria was founded. The Soto and Smithers families have an extensive history in Cambria. Althea married Vernon Soto on March 15, 1945, and had two children, Robert and Shirlene. Althea was a full-time ranch wife helping on the ranch by riding horseback, gathering cattle and doing whatever was necessary. She also worked at Bordegaray Laundry, Soto's Market and finally as head cook for the Cambria Grammar School. Althea helped raise her siblings as she was the eldest girl of seven children. Her father, Lester Smithers, died at 39 years of age leaving the family to endure many hardships. Althea attended Cambria schools and graduated in 1944. She immediately went to work for Lockheed in Burbank, California as a "Rosie-the-Riveter" on B-17 airplanes. Upon completion of this job she returned home and volunteered for lookout patrol during the end of WWII, staying in a small shelter located above today's Pacific Premier Bank in Cambria. Althea was married to Vernon for 68 years and is survived by son, Robert (Debbie); grandchildren, Monte (Katie) and Melissa (Tim); five great-grand- children; and many other extended family members. She was preceded in death by husband, Vernon; and daughter, Shirlene Soto. Althea was a member of Native Daughters for nearly 75 years, as well as many local organizations including California Cattlewomen Association and Farm Bureau. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, with a light lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Old Santa Rosa Chapel, P.O. Box 316, Cambria, CA 93428.
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Santa Rosa Catholic Church
1174 Main St
Cambria, CA 93428
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Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9, 2018