Sharon E. Smith

Sharon E. Smith

August 31, 1947 - October 25, 2013

Sharon E. Smith

August 31, 1947 - October 25, 2013


Sharon Elizabeth Smith, 66, passed away on October 25, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. She was at home, surrounded by her family and friends. Sharon’s life was centered around her two children, Sam and Cara along with her two Boston Terriers “Ruby and Johnnie”.

Sharon was born in Waupaca, Wisconsin on August 31, 1947. Every year when she celebrated it was never referred to as her birthday but as “the end of August”. Sharon was the youngest of six children and spent her entire childhood in Waupaca. After her high school graduation in the summer of 1965 Sharon ventured to San Francisco with her mom, Elizabeth Woodliff, to follow in the footsteps of her sisters and aunts. In 1970 while still living in San Francisco, Sharon married her long time friend, Fred Smith. After the wedding, Fred and Sharon followed Fred’s career in the Marine Corps to Camp Pendleton. In 1973, they moved to San Luis Obispo to attend college and after Fred’s college graduation moved to Anaheim in 1975. While living in Anaheim the happy couple welcomed their first daughter, Cara Nicole Smith, on December 10, 1976. They stayed in Anaheim until 1978 when they decided to move to El Toro (Lake Forest) which became their home for many years to come. On March 21, 1984, Sharon gave birth to their second baby, Samuel Hayes Smith. He was delivered unexpectedly by the local fire department in their home.

Sharon worked at Trabuco Canyon Water District for 22 years as the District Treasurer/Board Secretary. She retired in February of 2010 and has spent the years since working on her house and gardening, two of her favorite past times. She also spent many hours making hand-made gifts for those she cared about and planning intimate parties for close friends and family. Her secret baked bean recipe was a favorite of everyone and the recipe still remains a secret. Sharon also had a passion for traveling and was thrilled to have been able to travel the world with Cara, her own personal tour guide.

Sharon Elizabeth Smith is survived by her daughter Cara Smith, son Sam Smith (Katie), Fred Smith (Father of Cara and Sam), brothers Bruce Woodliff (MaunaLoa), Skip Woodliff and John Woodliff (Sue), sister Jane Snyder, and preceded in death by her mother Elizabeth Woodliff and sister Nancy Krueger and nephew David Woodliff.

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13 responses to Sharon E. Smith

  1. Jim W. says:

    Oh I was so sorry to run across Sharon’s obituary. She was a delight to know; forever nurturing, loving and insightful. Though words, however gentle, cannot take your loss away, may these memories help comfort you some.

    One of the glimpses of Sharon , I most fondly remember, is a look at her character. It was a short story she once so casually relayed on a drive together to Carlsbad. As we drove by her old house & insurance office she recounted how upon first moving to Camp Pendleton she would ride your bike to work daily, not for exercise but out of necessity – long before it was cool to ride bikes – dressed I am sure in the neat, stylish business attire she always wore. She spurned ridicule because that is what it took to succeed, to win, to play tough. I though back to that story , & how modestly she recounted it. Oh how that brave act frames her character. Achievement & Responsibility over Image. I can visualize that trim, perky redhead pumping down PCH undaunted because that is what it took at the time.

    Sharon put her wonderful spirit to work countless times since those days – some I witnessed, some she told me about, some surely were her secret. I wanted to share my admiring memories and salute her.. I’ll bet she is still peddling -figuratively- if that is what it takes. I have added my favorite picture of Sharon to your photos.
    Jim W. 2/16/2014

  2. Cara Smith says:

    Today is the first Mother’s Day without my Mama and I miss her very much. She was the best Mama I could ask for and I will never be the same without her.

  3. I heard about Sharon’s passing from one of our high school classmates just this year – she was my first girlfriend at the age of 12! Looks like she had a wonderful life and I always wished our paths would have crossed. She will be missed at the 50th reunion of the class of 1965 at Waupaca High School. Tom Henricksen, December 9, 2014

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