Smith, Edrith Claire Hebert (Mrs. Alvin P.)



August 12, 1913-January 24, 1986
                Edrith Claire Hebert Smith, widow of Rev. Alvin P. Smith, lived a life closely related to the church, to which she gave herself unstintedly, and which she loved devotedly.
                Born in Bourg, LA, she later lived at Methodist-related MacDonnell School in Houma, LA, while attending Terrebonne High School. Teaching at MacDonnell was a young Methodist minister, Alvin Smith, whom Edrith married on her 18th birthday, August 12, 1931.
                Totally, Edrith supported her “Smitty” in ministry, as Chaplain in the United States Army in World War II, as Superintendent of Goodwill Ministries in New Orleans, and for 37 years as a pastor in the Louisiana Conference—some 43 years, altogether, of team ministry.
                When Alvin retired in 1974, he became an associate minister at First United Methodist Church in New Orleans. He died in September of that year. In a very real sense Edrith continued “Smitty’s” ministry there, for she served on the staff of that church for some eight years as a Coordinator of Ministry to Senior Citizens.
                Edrith’s death occurred on January 24, 1986, in New Orleans, where the funeral service was conducted on January 27, the officiating ministers being Revs.George Ross, Dan Tohline and Carey Martin.
                Edrith’s four children are: Judy Smith Egloff, Hanover, PA; William F. Smith, Atlanta, GA; Donald E. and Alvin L. Smith, both of New Orleans. There are some 13 grandchildren.
                Her smile, her contagious warmth of spirit, her devoted companionship with Smitty, her love for her children and grandchildren, and her uncompromising dedication to what was right, to her Christ and His Church, continue to hallow the memory of Edrith Smith.
 Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1986; p. 287       By B. C. Taylor

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