Florence C. Smith, 90

Teacher, avid gardener

November 11, 2007

Florence C. Smith, a retired math teacher and avid gardener, died Thursday of pneumonia at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 90.

Born Florence Cover, she was raised in Elkton, Va.. She was a 1937 graduate of Goucher College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in science.

She taught math at Garrison Forest School from 1952 to 1960, when she joined the faculty of the Bryn Mawr School. She retired in 1979.

Mrs. Smith, a longtime Stevenson resident who moved to Blakehurst two years ago, enjoyed raising roses and daffodils.

"For years, she showed them at flower shows," said her daughter-in-law, Anna Leake Smith of Stevenson.

Mrs. Smith was a member and past president of the Hardy Garden Club in Ruxton and was a horticultural judge for the Garden Club of America.

She was also a former member of the L'Hirondelle Club in Ruxton and was an active member of the Goucher College Alumnae Association.

Mrs. Smith enjoyed cooking and entertaining. She also liked collecting English antiques and American furniture.

She was a communicant of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Owings Mills, where she served as first editor of The St. Thomas Cookbook in 1960.

Her husband of 52 years, Donnell Middleton Smith, who worked in real estate sales, died in 1992.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at her church, 232 St. Thomas Lane.

Also surviving is a son, Donnell Middleton "Beetle" Smith Jr. of Stevenson; a daughter, Anne Donnell Smith of Stevenson; and two grandchildren.

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