Betty Marlene Smith of Grass Valley passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 25, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. She was 79.
Her final resting place will be at Sierra Memorial Lawn alongside her mother, Edith, who passed away in 1973. There are no scheduled services at this time.
She had lived in Grass Valley for the last 10 years but had called Nevada City her home since 1970. Betty was born in Murphysboro, Ill., Sept. 25, 1933, to Harvey and Edith Kimmel. She grew up in St. Louis and attended Roosevelt High School. As a young adult, she married and had her first son, Michael Steven. She travelled extensively and lived in a variety of homes, including Greensboro, N.C., Pace, Fla., and Forestville, Alturas and La Mesa in California. She enjoyed painting, sketching, writing, sewing, crafts and researching ancient history with a biblical focus. She met William Carter and married in Greensboro and had sons Jeffrey Alan and William Bryan. She later married David Smith and had a daughter, Martina Lynn. At the time of her passing, she was under the care of the wonderful nurses of the Hospice of the Foothills. They provided her comfort and peace in her final days. Additionally, the family would like to thank the congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who would visit her daily with companionship, food and care. Special thanks to Bryon Carlson for his unselfish and tireless efforts to help Betty in her last months.
She is survived by her sister, Marilyn Easley of Alexandria, Va., and all her children, Michael, Jeffrey (Liz), Bryan (Stacy) and Martina, as well as grandchildren BrookAnne, Farrah Michelle, Shelby Elizabeth, Lindsay Renee, Seth, Gage, Ciara, Kaden Bryan and Kaycee Lynn and one great-granddaughter, Dune. She is predeceased by granddaughter KayLyn.
Memorial contributions should be made to the Hospice of the Foothills at 11270 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.