Obituary: Jane Anita (Archer) Smith
Jane Anita (Archer) Smith, 89, who was born to Elmer E. Archer and Florence (Longphre) Archer on April 6, 1925, in Los Angeles, California, passed away on Dec. 7, 2014 in Prescott, Arizona.
The Archer family moved to San Diego, where Jane grew up and graduated from San Diego High School in 1943. She earned her degree and teachers certificate from San Diego State College in 1947. She met Walter M. Smith in San Diego and the two were married on June 19, 1948. For the next 37 years, the couple lived and worked in San Diego, where they raised their three sons.
In 1990, Jane moved to Prescott, where she became very active in her church community, volunteering many hours as a eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart Parish and with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Prescott.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Walter Morse Smith, M.D. She is survived by her children, Walter M. Smith Jr. and wife Carol E. (Pedersen) Smith of San Diego, California, Paul B. Smith and wife Leslie K. (Cheever) Smith of Prescott, Arizona, and David A. Smith and wife Sylvia S. (DeHoff) Smith of Fresno, California; eight grandchildren, Brian Smith, Kevin (Rachel) Smith, Sarah (Tim) Snyder, Jeremy (Dana) Smith, Michael (Diana) Smith, Steven Smith, Jeffery Smith and James (Carrie) Smith; and nine great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Harper and Carson Snyder, Ryan and Kori Smith, Sofia, Madeline and Jacob Smith and Jack Smith.
A funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prescott. Father Fred LeClaire, CMF and Deacon Michael Johnsen will preside. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Prescott would be appreciated.
You are invited to log on to www.ruffnerwakelin.com to sign Jane's guestbook and share a memory with the family.
The Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.
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