Lillie Gertrude Smith, a Park Heights woman who became an active volunteer with senior citizens' programs after retiring as a cook, died Friday at Sinai Hospital after a heart attack. She was 80.
Services for Mrs. Smith were being held today at the Church of God, 4310 Edmondson Ave.
From 1931 to 1961, Mrs. Smith worked as a housekeeper and cook for the Philip Needle and Milton Haas families, both of Baltimore. For the next 15 years, she was the cook at All Saints Convent in Catonsville.
After retiring in 1976, she took pottery and needlework classes at the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens. She also participated in senior citizens' activities at the Jewish Community Center and Forest Park Senior Center.
Several years ago, Mayor Kurt Schmoke honored her for volunteer work with a city program in which she visited homebound seniors.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Church of God for about 60 years and served on the usher board.
She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and often invited them to her home.
She was born in Bedford County, Va., and lived in Baltimore for about 60 years, the last 20 in Park Heights.
Her husband, William Edward Smith, died in 1985.
Mrs. Smith is survived by five daughters, Ruth Anderson of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Joann Foster of Long Island, N.Y., Lillian Smith of Baltimore, and Jeanette DeLoatch and Joyce Smith, both of Teaneck, N.J.; a brother, Sylvester Swain of Danville, Va.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Lucy Swain of Baltimore.
The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Church of God, 4310 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore 21229, or to the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens, 861 Park Ave., Baltimore 21201.