Elinor SmithApril 27, 1934 ~ September 12, 2017 (age 83)
Elinor Price Williams Smith, 83 of Asheville, died September 12 in her home. Born on April 27, 1934 in Miami FL., she was the daughter of Joseph Francis and Wilma Alein Boger Williams of Hollywood, FL; granddaughter of William Oscar and Corrie Alein Tunstall Boger of Chunn's Cove in Asheville. She was raised in Asheville, NC and Hollywood FL. She lived, worked and raised her family in Hollywood, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Retiring in 1996 from the US Postal Service, she moved back to North Carolina to be near her grandchildren and return to her ancestral home. Ms. Smith, known as Gramcracker by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, is survived by her daughter Deborah Smith Yanik and her husband David. Sons Randy Smith and David Brian Smith, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews that she loved very much. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Katharine Tunstall Williams LeVeque of Baltimore MD, and her husband Orville Eugene Smith of Tallahassee, FL. Elinor and her sister Katharine were very close and shared a double wedding ceremony at St. John's Episcopal Church in Hollywood, FL. The two families, with eight children between them, spent summer vacations together in the Boger's log cabin home at the top of Cisco Mountain in Chunn's Cove. Elinor was a proud member of the First Families of Old Buncombe County, tracing her lineage to the original McDowell, Smith, Carson, Brittain, Stringfield, and Davidson families who were architects of Buncombe, Burke, and McDowell Counties. She was known for her quick wit, her love of difficult puzzles and old movies. She had an impressive ability to recall names and often demonstrated this by naming everyone at a party, no matter how large the gathering or how long she had known them. She wowed her growing children by naming all 50 states in alphabetical order from memory. She kept decorative bird cages in her home and put fake birds in them so they didn't need to be cleaned. She made friends easily, loved music and dancing. She was a diehard Dolphins fan (especially in 1972!). She had a small piece of the rubble that was part of the original Orange Bowl stadium. She also loved the Baltimore Orioles and never missed a chance to see them when visiting her sister's family. Elinor attended St. Anthony High School in Broward County, FL., sang in the choir at St. Ambrose Episcopal church and was a Girl Scout leader for many years. She played the piano and violin, and in retirement made jewelry and Christmas ornaments. A Service will be held to celebrate Elinor's love of life at 4:00 PM on October 8th, 2017 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Asheville, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Elinor's memory may be made to the St Luke's Episcopal Church Building fund, where many of her family are interred.