Smith, Clara Mary Virginia

November 16, 2005

CLARA (CLARE) MARY VIRGINIA SMITH passed away November 12, 2005 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury surrounded by her family. She was 80 years of age and had fought a long battle with osteoarthritis and Alzheimer's. She was born on February 22, 1925 to the late Capt. Martin and Clara Kleinsmith of Baltimore. She was an honor roll student and graduate of Southern High School in Baltimore. While in school she worked part time at Hutzler's and was a voracious reader. After graduating from high school, Clare took a job as the executive secretary to the manager of Revere Copper and Brass in Baltimore. She was an active member and participant of the Revere Cobra Club's theatrical productions. Clare became engaged at her senior prom and in April 1944 and married S. Lee Smith while he was on active duty with the USCG. He was the love of her life. Clare settled in Riviera Beach, MD and was active in boating and fishing with her family. She was also active in American Kennel Club dog shows exhibiting and breeding Rough Collies under the kennel name Ki-Lee-Ara Kennels. The family moved to Chartwell in Severna Park in 1962 where Clare was a charter member of Chartwell Golf and Country Club. She was an active golfer and swimmer and bowled on several bowling leagues. She was a member of the Chartwell Garden Club and was a fashion show model for several Chartwell C.C. events. Clare was also active in PTA and the Severna Park High School Band Boosters in support of her daughter's activities. Clare enjoyed traveling the US and traveled frequently to Florida where the family owned a winter residence. She loved spending several weeks each summer with family and friends in Ocean City. In addition to being a homemaker, in 1972 Clare partnered with her husband and long-time friends, Bill and Chris Pistell, to purchase Harford Printing Company in Timonium. She was active in the business until it was sold in 1986. Upon retirement, Clare moved with Lee to Henderson, NV. There she enjoyed traveling throughout the desert southwest. After 10 years in Nevada, she wanted to return to Maryland where she settled with her family in Salisbury, moving to Mallard Landing in January 2005. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, S. Lee Smith; daughter, Kimberly Lee Kilmer of Salisbury; sister, Marcia Lytle and her husband, Griffith Lytle of Riviera Beach, MD; sister-in-law, Helen Kleinsmith of Annapolis; nieces: Leigh Anne Cade of Virginia Beach, VA and Marjorie Wachter of Linthicum, MD as well as several first and second cousins that were close to her. Services will be private. A celebration of her life will be held for family and friends on Monday, November 21, 2005 at 2 PM at Mallard Landing in Salisbury and on Friday, December 2, 2005 at 2 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Severna Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Coastal Hospice at the Lake, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. Visit www.delmavaobits.com to send condolences to the family.

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