In memory of a faithful daughter, mother, sister, wife.
Wanda Aday Smith passed away Friday, May 13,
2017. Wanda was born to parents George and Pearl Aday in Dixon, California on
December 5th 1943.
She was raised in central California primarily in the town of Maricopa,
California where she graduated from Maricopa High School then later attended
Taft Community College in Taft, California.
In the mid 1960s Wanda and her sister Conda moved to Santa Barbara where they
both worked in retail. In 1964 following the death of their mother the sisters
took custody of their four year old brother Leroy Aday and raised him into his
early adult years.
In June 1968 Wanda married Richard T. (Dick) Smith in Santa Barbara. Wanda
worked at Lerner Shops clothing store where she started as a window dresser and
was promoted through the ranks to the manager position, becoming the youngest
Lerner manager in the state of California. Dick was a Deputy Sheriff with the
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's department where he worked until retiring in
1991 at the rank of Sergeant. Wanda later went to work at Hallmark shops in
Santa Barbara and Goleta, California where again she was store manager until
her retirement in 1992.
On June 6, 1973 their daughter Julie was born in Goleta, California where she
attended schools in the Santa Barbara Public School System, graduating from San
Marcos High School. She continued her education in the field of nursing and has
been a nurse for the past 20 plus years.
Dick and Wanda retired in 1991 and moved to Durango in 1992 where Wanda worked
as co-manager of the London Fog store and later worked at The Galloping Goose
gift shop. Dick worked at the La Plata County Sheriff's Office as a Civilian
Civil Process Server from 1994 to 2006.
The Smiths enjoyed travel and visited several states including Alaska and Hawaii
and several countries including Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Panama,
Costa Rica, and several Caribbean islands.
Wanda had many interests beginning with God and family and including cooking,
gardening and reading as well as the fun filled monthly get together with the
ladies in her Bunco group.
Wanda is survived by her husband of 49 years Dick Smith of Durango, their
daughter Julie, sister Conda, brothers George and Leroy Aday, three grandsons
and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents George and Pearl Aday, infant sister Regina
and brother Robert Aday who was killed in combat in 1969 while serving in
Vietnam with the Army's 25th Infantry Division. He died trying to save a
wounded soldier and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and his fourth
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at
Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church, 1024 County Road 230, Durango CO, with Pastor
Dan Straw officiating.
In Lieu of flowers friends may want to remember Hospice of Mercy.
1261 East Third Avenue Durango, CO 81301
Helen better do what I say, or I will show Robert this photo. He will never visit her again.
She was better yesterday. Don't know about today. She was gone when I came by a while ago.
Our RV is all tested out and everything works, air, heat, fridge, cook stove, hot water. I love it. We are loaning it to Jr's special friend for a week or so because her daughter is coming from North Dakota to visit her from Mother's day. JR had that nice place to park it. George took it down today. We may escape in it next weekend. We will see.
Greg is home again, but he goes to work locally tomorrow. It is a company out of Blue Eye that is working on the Bass Pro project up where brother Gilbert works. He may be home all summer. He likes the big money he makes on the away jobs, but he really ends up with more when he works around here. We will see how long he stays this time.
The sun has been shinning, but I think rain moves in tomorrow. I think the weekend is supposed to be nice.
For dinner tonight we are having deviled eggs, free eggs from brother, and tuna salad sandwiches. Everyone here loves deviled eggs.
Garden is just sitting there. Been too cool and rainy. Maybe it will take off now, or maybe not. Yesterday I noticed the plowed areas where I had nothing planted were still bare. That means not even weeds will grow. Not a good sign.