Born in Medicine Hat, Canada, March 1, 1924, Audrey L. Smith’s spirit passed from this earth on Jan. 23, 2010.
Daughter of the late Joseph and Mabel Carpenter, of Canada, and friend since childhood, Doreen Craig, of Manitoba, Audrey was a classmate of the Class of 1940, Commercial High School of Regina, and Class of 1949, Wheat City Business College, Manitoba.
Audrey played softball with the Girls from Saskatchewan, adding her sure-glove, powerful throw and excellent bat to the group. Some of her teammates went on to professional careers in the U.S. “League of Their Own” fame, that’s how good they were.
She came out of the north one wintry January day in 1948, on a Greyhound bus bound for Los Angeles and a romantic proposal of marriage from Ted Herrick. They divorced in 1967. She met and married Melvin Smith, a computer engineer at General Dynamics in 1970, where she was an executive secretary. While employed there, she achieved professional secretary credentials from national tests and was nominated as secretary of the year for the Valley Systems Division.
Confidant and life-long friends with Natalie Slager and husband Don, Regina, Sask., and Bea Grossman of Diamond Bar, Calif., and muse to her oil painting friends who envied her technique with florals, Audrey most recently enjoyed the friendship and warm embrace of the staff and aides at Silvergate Retirement Residence.
She is lamented by her Fallbrook best friends, Trudy Bela, Sara Ewald-Holzhausen, Alice Morrison, and the Free Spirit Breakfast Club.
Audrey is missed by her beloved nieces, Audrey Popowich and husband David of Conora, Sask., Debbie Carpenter of Broadview, Sask., Penny Roberts and husband Tim of Clayton, Calif., and stepson Ron Smith and wife Linda of San Dimas, Calif.
Her bereft friend Rose Jurosky will mourn her forever, comforted by lovely memories; the greater the love, the greater the loss.
After a celebration of her life, held at the Ritz Carlton, which she planned, her closest gal pals will carry her to her final resting place among the stars in the famous, historic, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles.