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Alice Smith

Posted: Thursday, Jan 3rd, 2013

Alice Marie (Davidson) Smith died December 8, 2012, at her home in Paradise Valley Estates in Fairfield.

Alice was born February 6, 1921, in Oakland. She graduated from Roosevelt High School (1939). Alice met Russell Smith of San Francisco in Cazadero, where they both spent their summers. They married in 1941 and lived and worked in San Francisco. Alice returned to Oakland in 1942 (Russell went to be trained at Camp Roberts and eventually to be deployed to the Persian Gulf with the U.S. Army for the duration of World War II). Alice worked for Bank of America.

After the war, the family grew to include Richard, James and Patricia; they lived in Oakland, then Walnut Creek and then Lafayette. Alice was a PTA Room Mother, a Cub Scout Den Mother, a Brownie Leader, a 4-H Leader, and was always active in her children’s school activities.

Alice resumed her banking career at Bank of America in the early 1960s. Eventually Alice and Russell moved back to The Embarcadero in San Francisco. Alice worked at the Federal Reserve Bank. The Smiths retired from San Francisco in 1981 and moved to Paraiso Vineyards in Soledad to enjoy a semi-retirement. Their activities included working a number of years with the families of their sons and daughter and participating in their Salinas Valley, Monterey County vineyards.

The last 20 years of Alice’s 92-year life in California were spent with family and friends at The Villages in San Jose and recently at Paradise Valley in Fairfield. The core group of her lifelong friends was from her Oakland youth. The young members of the Centennial Presbyterian Church who married in the early 1940s formed a “Young Marrieds” group. They had a monthly potluck dinner and played cards and celebrated holidays together for 70 years.

Alice’s husband Russell preceded her in death in 2002. Alice is survived by her children and their families, Richard (and Claudia) Smith of Soledad, James (and Rosemarie) Smith of Salinas, and Patricia (and Denny) Moss of Star Valley Ranch, Wyo. She leaves six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family asks that gifts in Alice’s memory be given to your favorite Hospice or to your other favorite charity.

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