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.