Wakefield '60 Classmates: In Memoriam

Lina Lee Brown Smith
b: 1/4/1942     d: 9/15/2007

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Lina Brown picture LINA BROWN, Omega Tri-Hi-Y 3; FBLA 4; Starstone 4.
The Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado - September 18, 2007
Lina Lee Smith, 65, of Caste Rock, Oregon.  Loving wife of Cecil, beloved mother of Marie and Bruce Dudgeon and Laura and Brian Page, grandmother of Mia and Lina.   Memorial services 10 a.m. Thursday, Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Funeral Home, Castle Rock.  Interment Arlington National Cemetery.  Memorials Denver Hospice or Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Hi all - I received a call from my long-time friend's sister Pat this evening.   Lina has been battling cancer for 15 years.... she put up a good, long fight!   The cancer started in her breast, spread to the spine and eventually went to her liver.  She died yesterday, September 15.  She was my age, 65.  She and Ed visited with us on this past June 24; we had breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Winchester and they headed on back to Colorado.  She shared with me via a recent e-mail when they returned home that she really had not felt well on their trip back East.  (She looked good to me and certainly did not look ill!)  They had attended a wedding in Harrisonburg and visited us on the way back to their home in Colorado.  She will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, September 25.    She leaves behind a husband of 44 years, Ed, two daughters and three grandchildren.  Life is indeed short!   We just never know what tomorrow will bring, to quote my mother.  Stay well and live life to it's fullest!  Love to all!

Thanks for the kind words.  Please inform your high school friends that Lina passed away in the company of me, our two daughters (Cecilia Marie and Laura Lee).  Her passing a blessing in disguise.  Her suffering was over.  She really suffered during the last 4 months.  We really miss her!  However, we are ccmforted by the knowledge that she is more comfortable now and in a better place.  Please keep in touch!

1980 Reunion Directory:
I got married in 1963 to Ed Smith who was from Louisiana.  We have two daughters: Cecilia Marie was born in 1964 and Laura Lee was born in 1973.  We have done a lot of moving in the last 17 years.  We've lived in Maine, Texas, Taiwan, Australia, and Maryland.  Our permanent home is Columbia, Maryland, but currently we are living in Yakima, Washington, that's right--We got the pleasure of cleaning up after Mt. St. Helen.   Right now I am working part time for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

1995 Reunion Directory:
Sorry I cannot attend the reunion.  Colorado is a long way from Virginia.   My husband and I both retired on early retirement from the US Government.  We are now living in Frisco, Colorado, which is smack in the middle of ski country near Keystone/Breckenridge/ Copper/Vail ski areas.  We have two children: Marie (31) now living in Australia, and Laura (22) who just graduated from college.

2011 Wakefield Class of 1960 and Wakefield Education Foundation (information@wakefieldalumni.org)