Lorraine M. Smith
February 27th, 1933 - July 24th, 2018
Lorraine Mae Smith gave up her 62 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis and its complications and died peacefully in Florence, AL on Tuesday July 24, 2018 with her best friend and love of her life at her side. She was born in Hampton, Iowa on February 27, 1933. During her 85 year lifetime, she lived in Iowa, South Dakota, Ohio, Colorado, and Indiana before moving to Alabama. She really loved Alabama and was blessed with a lot of friendships here.
Lori received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Ball State University. She retired as a Professor from Indiana University in the School of Nursing. She was an accomplished painter and potter and an active member of the Shoals Artists Guild. She was also a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and the American Association of University Women. She also loved a good game of bridge and played the piano. Her kids were also proud that she played the bagpipes at the University of Iowa as well.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Pauline Caspers and infant son, Stephen Thomas Smith. Lori is survived by her husband of 63 years Dr. Richard Smith as well as children Dr. JD Smith (and wife Anna) and Dr. Julie Stuart. Her grandchildren who were the pride and joy of her life were Jack, Scott, Mark, and Tricia Smith. She is also survived by her sisters: Lois Liedtke, Ruth Schnell, brother Paul Caspers (and wife Jo) and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Lori will be on Saturday, July 28th at 10:00 am at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 am in the Church sanctuary with the Reverend Roy Runkle officiating. Burial will take place in the Greenview Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jack Smith, Mark Smith, Hank O'Shea, Tim O'Shea, Jacob Parasiliti, and Dr. JD Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Joseph Catholic School or the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Alabama, 2200 Woodcrest Place, Suite 230, Birmingham, Al 35209
Service at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Greenview Memorial Park
Chisholm Road, Florence, Alabama