Anna Smith

Obituary of Anna Louise Smith

Anna L. Smith, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was born in Chicago, Illinois to Wesley Jacob Garlatz, Jr. and Elsie Mary Garlatz.  The oldest child, she grew up in Pasadena, California with her six siblings.  She graduated from Pasadena City College with her high school diploma in 1955, focusing on secretarial skills. Her first job was at Kress’s Dime store in the candy department, where she worked with her future sister-in-law Marge. Just like Lucy and Ethel, Anna brought about jovial high jinx.  This is where she met her husband of 59 years Richard M. Smith.  They were married, February 22, 1958.  Anna loved art and was an excellent painter, stained glass maker and knitter. She held several positions including bank teller,  newspaper typesetting and proofreading, cannery lab tech, teacher’s aide and clerk for Butte County Coroner's office, where she retired in 1997.  Anna was known for her excellent cooking, and pies. Anna was an excellent cook; all of her children loved her pies. She followed the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Anna is survived by five children Janet, Jacqueline, Joann, Jonathan and Jenny; her grandchildren Jarek and Austin Thompson, Jamin and Jordan Rowley,  Stephen John Sheldon, Jacob, Emily, Noah and Sophie Smith, and Ernesto, Zoё and Chloё Cappuccio; and her great-grandchildren, Madaline, Cecilia, Cameran, and Cole Thompson, and Genevieve, Olivia and Stephen Edward Sheldon, and her siblings, Louise, Wes, Barbara, Bill, and Janice. Her life was rich with love and family above all else. 

Arrangements entrusted to Ramsey Funeral Home (530) 534-3877

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