Grace W. Smith, 96, homemaker, gourmet cook

October 23, 2003

Grace W. Smith, a homemaker and gourmet cook, died of respiratory failure Monday at a convalescent home in Salinas, Calif. The former Roland Park resident was 96.

Grace Waldman was born in St. Louis and was raised in Oakland, Calif. She learned to play the violin as a child, and she performed on the radio during the 1920s.

In 1929, she married Walter K. Smith, a Shell Oil Co. chemist who died in 1979. Before moving to Elkridge Estates in Roland Park in 1979, she lived for 26 years in Plainfield, N.J.

While in Baltimore, Mrs. Smith was an active communicant of St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church in Timonium.

She enjoyed preparing gourmet meals and entertaining family and friends, and she was an avid reader and bridge player.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. George's Episcopal Church in Salinas.

Survivors include a son, Roderic W. Smith of Berkeley, Calif.; a daughter, Carol L. Smith of Salinas; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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