Juanita Smith

May 20, 2014

Juanita Smith

Juanita Smith

Juanita Smith, Issaquah, passed away peacefully on Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014.

She was born in Lebam on Feb. 23, 1913, to Claude and Effie Warren. Her family moved to Centralia in 1919. After graduation from Centralia High School, she attended the University of Washington, where she obtained a degree in education.

While attending the university, she met her husband, Gordon H. Smith, whom she married in 1936. They lived in Seattle until 1944, when they returned to Centralia.

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Queen for a Day (a 100th birthday, that is)

February 26, 2013

Photos By Greg Farrar Juanita Smith enjoys her birthday in high style with a brooch of red roses and a jeweled tiara. Celebrating with Smith are two of her three children, Pam Brown (left) and Kevin Smith (right); and four of her eight great-grandchildren (from left), Landon Brown, 4, and Hannah Brown, 6, of Oregon, and Connor Heintz, 13, and Gabe Heintz, 11, of Maple Valley.

Photos By Greg Farrar
Juanita Smith enjoys her birthday in high style with a brooch of red roses and a jeweled tiara. Celebrating with Smith are two of her three children, Pam Brown (left) and Kevin Smith (right); and four of her eight great-grandchildren (from left), Landon Brown, 4, and Hannah Brown, 6, of Oregon, and Connor Heintz, 13, and Gabe Heintz, 11, of Maple Valley.

Juanita Smith, a Squak Mountain resident of Issaquah for the past 30 of her 100 years, celebrated her birthday Feb. 23 with a party given by more than two dozen family members at her University House home.

Smith graduated from Centralia High School in 1929, the University of Washington in 1933, and taught elementary school in the Centralia School District from 1956 to 1978. ‘She is very generous and kind,’ great-grandson Connor said. ‘I always remember her for giving us a ton of cookies. We would come to her house and she’d have a platter of them, and she would say, ‘Go get the cookies!’’