Rita J. Smith
Rita Joan Smith, 90, died on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Shelton Health and Rehabilitation Center. Rita was born on December 2, 1921 to Ralph and Mary (Ferrandy) Barone in Chicago, Ill. After graduating in Chicago, she left home at the age of 18 and headed to the east coast. In her early career, Rita worked for a lawyer in Chicago when wages were $1.25 a week. She eventually moved to Seattle and worked for an oil company before meeting her husband, Daniel Arthur Smith II at a café and marrying in June of 1957. They relocated to Woodinville where she was employed by the Bellevue School District as a secretary until her retirement in 1985.
Rita was raised a Catholic and attended the Methodist Church also. She was a member of the Lake Cushman Ladies Golf Club and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed golfing and was especially fond of pets. Rita liked gardening, sewing, dancing (from swing, ballroom or square dancing), and traveling. She and her late husband were members of the Good Sam’s Club and took many trips around the United States in their trailer and also traveled to Europe.
In 1985, they moved to Lake Cushman to be closer to family. Rita enjoyed having parties and entertaining family and friends. In her retirement years she enjoyed stained-glass and genealogy. Having come from a large Italian family, her family remembers her wonderful Italian lasagna and spaghetti as well as her signature lemon meringue pie.
She is survived by stepson, Mike (Shirley) Smith, Potlatch, WA; stepdaughters, Judy (Gordon) Angermeir, Lake Chelan, WA and Dana Jorden, Monroe, WA; sister, Lorraine (Ray) Anglet, Chicago, Ill; nine grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dan, brother Ralph and stepson Daniel A. Smith III.
A private family gathering will be held at a later date. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.