Elizabeth G. Smith, 82

City schoolteacher

October 05, 2007

Elizabeth G. Smith, a retired Baltimore City schoolteacher, died of lymphoma Wednesday at her son's Bel Air home. She was 82.

Born Elizabeth Gerhart O'Connor in Baltimore and raised in Sparrows Point, she attended schools in Sparrows Point, Carney and Baltimore. Known as Betty, she left Eastern High School in her senior year to join the Marines' women's division during World War II. Because she had asthma, she was never able to serve in the military and worked at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant during the war.

During the late 1960s, she passed her General Education Development test and earned a bachelor's degree at Towson State University. She taught fifth grade at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School in Baltimore for 12 years. She retired about 20 years ago.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church of Towson for more than 50 years. She taught Sunday school, supervised the lunch program for its school and, in her later years, served on the chancel committee. She was also a volunteer for Our Daily Bread for 15 years.

Her husband of 35 years, Carl William Smith, an electrician, died in 1985.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at her church, 40 E. Burke Ave., Towson.

Survivors include two sons, William Carl Smith and Robert Kevin Smith, both of Bel Air; a daughter, Linda Lee O'Rourke of Lakeworth Fla.; a brother, William O'Connor of Baltimore; a sister, Rebecca Lambo of Baltimore; and 11 grandchildren.

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