Constance H. Smith, 85, schoolteacher and traveler


April 12, 2006

Constance H. Smith, a retired elementary school teacher and traveler, died from complications of Alzheimer's disease Saturday at her Randallstown home. She was 85.

She was born and raised Constance Hill in Mount Pleasant, Frederick County, and was a graduate of Frederick High School.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the first four-year graduating class at the old Bowie State College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1941. She began her career as an elementary school educator in Princess Anne before moving to Baltimore in 1949.

She taught in several Baltimore public schools, including Arlington Elementary School and Morrell Park Elementary School, before retiring in 1976 on a medical disability.

Mrs. Smith became a certified travel agent and enjoyed telling friends and family that she had visited 38 states as well as Mexico and Canada.

Mrs. Smith was married for 56 years to James C. Smith Sr., a BGE welder, who died in 1998.

Mrs. Smith was an active member of Concord Baptist Church, 5204 Liberty Heights Ave., where services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Surviving are three sons, James C. Smith Jr. of Woodlawn, Evvans A. Smith of Philadelphia and David E. Smith of Pikesville; two daughters, Rowena S. McCrea of Randallstown and E. Carletha Grant of Woodstock; a brother, Eugene Hill of Lochearn; a sister, Eunice Redd of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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