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Smith, Elizabeth Anne Crooks

  • Thursday, January 17, 2013

Elizabeth Anne Crooks Smith died on January 10, 2013.  She was the widow of Ernest Paul Smith, Cdr., USN Ret., who died on November 15, 2012.
Anne was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on December 11, 1921.  She was the daughter of Jessie Gist Rutherford and William Edgar Crooks, M.D., USN, of Newberry, South Carolina.  Her Newberry ancestors were associated with the Daughters of the American Revolution and with the Drayton Rutherford Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
She was a 1939 graduate of Ashley Hall and a 1943 graduate of Converse College with a degree in English and French.  She made her debut in Newport, Rhode Island, at the Viking Hotel.  During World War II she was a civilian driver for soldiers at Fort Mead, Maryland, then was a dance and dramatics instructor to teachers in 16 public schools in the California Bay area and gave demonstrations at Mills College.
She married Paul, a Newberry native, in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California, in January 1945.  He husband’s assignment to a Charleston-based ship brought the family back to South Carolina in the spring of 1960, and Anne and Paul chose to live in Summerville.  They were members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Summerville, where she and Paul taught Sunday school.  She took post-graduate courses at The Citadel and at the University of South Carolina while teaching English in Summerville schools for 22 years.  She belonged to Flowertown Garden Club and to several bridge clubs.  In the summer of 1980 she took courses at Cordon Bleu School of Cooking in Paris.
Anne had three children.  Her youngest, Drayton Noland Smith, died in June 2010.  She is survived by her sons Rutherford (Rudd) Paul Crooks Smith and his wife Pat and Gregory (Greg) Fitzgerald Crooks Smith and his wife Karyn; Rudd and Pat’s children Mark Duncan and his wife, Helena, Karen Duncan and her husband, Robert, and their sons Grady and Reeves, and Rutherford (Ford) Prettyman Smith and his wife, Taeko, and their sons Kai, Kenji, and Francis; Greg and Karyn’s son, Christopher Cox, and his sons, Michael and Gregory Cox; cousins and their children; and nieces, and nephews.
Burial was held in the churchyard at St. Paul’s Summerville on Monday, January 14, at 3:00 P.M.
Arrangements by Parks Funeral Home, 130 West 1st North Street, Summerville, SC 29483.

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