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Elizabeth A. Smith

Issue Date: November 15, 2018

Elizabeth Ann "Birdie" (Jones) Smith, 94, of Phoenix, Az., passed away Sunday, Oct.14, 2018.

Born Sept. 22, 1924 in Menominee, Mi., to Dr. William S. Jones and Edith Jackman Jones, she graduated in 1946 from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a minor in Botany. She was a proud member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and after graduation taught first grade in Battle Creek, Mi.

While at Northwestern, she met her first love and future husband, Robert Steiner. They married in the summer of 1946 and sadly, he died five years later, just days after being diagnosed with Bulbar Polio. She was widowed with their son Robert, age 4, and daughter Susan, almost 2.

Time and fate brought her second love, Alan Smith into her life and they married in 1953. They enjoyed 63 years together until his death in 2016 at age of 91.

They started their life in Port Washington and moved to Redondo Beach, Ca. in 1964 with their four children to operate the family owned restaurant business, Smith Bros. Fish Shanty. They oversaw two restaurants, one in Beverly Hills on Restaurant Row and the other in Torrance.

She was proud and supportive of the family business and was known to help whenever needed. Together they enjoyed a wonderful life together, had many friends, loved entertaining in their home and were active in the community in many ways. She was a proud member of the DAR, PEO, and the Northwestern Alumni.

In 1989, they moved to Sedona, Az. where they became involved in their community and were devoted members of The Church of the Red Rocks. They enjoyed playing golf, entertaining friends and their views of the Red Rocks. After 25 years in Sedona, they moved to Phoenix in 2013 to be closer to family.

She will be remembered for her love of God, Family and Country. She was happier when doing something in her home, cooking or baking. She was a good cook and had many good recipes. She loved tending her garden, playing bridge, mahjong, calligraphy, china painting, knitting, crocheting, entertaining in her home and attending social gatherings

She had a knack for writing and was told many times she should write for Hallmark. She had a sense of humor and could laugh at herself. Her favorite was Holiday gatherings with friends and family and especially playing board games, cards or dice. A loving person, she was thoughtful, kind, showed appreciation and had a life full of many blessings.

She is survived by four children, Dr. Robert Steiner (Dr. Kim Leatham) of Bainbridge Island, Wa., Susan (Dr. Carl) Irwin of Phoenix, Az., Jeff (Audrey) Smith of Reno, Nv. and Gwynne (Jim) Fijan of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a great-grandson and many nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Smith; a brother, Dr. William S. Jones, Jr. and a sister, Mary Jones Higley, all of Menominee;

A Memorial will be held at Hansen Desert Hills Chapel, 6500 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale, Az. 85254 on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. Donations can be made to The Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336, Hospice of the Valley, www.hov.org/arizona or the Arizona Humane Society, www.azhumane.org


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