Gwendolyn Smith
1945 - 2021
BORN
1945
DIED
2021
Gwendolyn Sue Smith

Gwendolyn Sue Smith, born in Waco, Texas on January 1, 1945 to loving parents, Thomas Charles Smith and Lettie Mae Long, peacefully passed away at her home on May 4, 2021.

Gwen is preceded in death by her parents and six siblings Doris, Thomas, Joan, Jerome, Clara and Sheryl.
Surviving siblings Janet (Joe ELLIS) and Rosemary (John McGuire).

Gwen was mother to three children, James, Robert, and Keylee. Grandmother to five, Malia, Cassius, Legend, Owen, and Zaiden.

One of Gwen's many nephews wrote about Aunt Gwen. "In our family, a very large groups of aunts, uncles, and cousins, there is a matriarchy of women who have stuck together to guide the younger generation. I was fortunate, Aunt Gwen's commitment to family, traditions and the welfare of others is evident in the actions she has taken over the course of my life."

After attending Richmond Public Schools, Gwen attended the local junior college and worked for Contra Costa Recreation Department. Upon completing her B A degree, Gwen joined the Peace Corp, serving in Ethiopia teaching English.

Returning to California, Gwen taught in the San Francisco School District in the Special Education Program.

Gwen preceded to earn a masters in Child and Family Counseling, then began working for Alameda County, providing social work services , becoming the first Ombudsman for Alameda County in 1997.

Upon retiring, Gwen enhanced/enjoyed her life by fulfilling her dream to travel to six continents of the world.

A memorial service will be held at the Berkeley Buddhist Priory, 1358 Marin Avenue, Albany, California, May 22, 2021 at 11:00 am.

And in honor of Gwen, In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the National Kidney Foundation. 717 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA.


Published by San Francisco Chronicle from May 14 to May 16, 2021.
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22
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11:00a.m.
Berkeley Buddhist Priory
1358 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA
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Rest in peace in the arms of the Lord.
Herb Moore
Family
May 26, 2021
Rest in peace in the arms of Lord.
Herb Moore
Family
May 25, 2021
I have fond memories of talking wiht Gwen following services at Lakeside Temple in Oakland. We'd share a laugh or comment onn the service and current events. She had a great warm smile and presence and will be missed. My sincee condolences to her family.
Gail Bekley-Armstrong
Friend
May 23, 2021
Juliana Cottrell
May 22, 2021
Gwen was strong, independent, resourceful, adventurous, loyal, a memorable teacher, a creative mentor and a warm, loving and supportive friend. Her love for her family and friends is to be cherished. Gwen's passing is a deep loss. She will be missed but memories of her brings smiles.
Soar free and high, dear friend. I treasure our shared adventures.
Mary (Glass) Martin
Mary (Glass) Martin
Friend
May 20, 2021
Gwen was strong, independent, resourceful, loyal, adventurous, a memorable teacher, a creative mentor and a wonderful, warm and loving friend. Gwen's love for her family and friends was her unique gift; always to be cherished. Gwen's passing is a deep loss but her compassionate spirit lives on. Memories of our shared adventures brings smiles.
She will be missed. Soar free and high, dear friend.
Mary (Glass) Martin
Mary (Glass) Martin
Friend
May 20, 2021
My aunt Gwen was funny always dancing and full of joy I love her very much she will be missed!
Kimberly Ellis
Family
May 17, 2021
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