Celebration to honor Alfaretta Smith, 99

Chad Dryden Published:

An open house celebration is planned from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Stow-Glen Retirement Village community room to honor Alfaretta Smith on her 99th birthday.

Mrs. Smith, a long-time resident of Brimfield, was born in Louisville, Ky., in 1904 but has lived most of her life in the Brimfield and Cuyahoga Falls areas.

She graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1922 and married John Smith of Cuyahoga Falls in 1923.

The Smith family moved to Brimfield from Cuyahoga Falls in 1936. They had seven children, all of whom graduated from Brimfield School and Kent State High School. After the death of her husband in 1957, Mrs. Smith worked at Kent State University and as the office receptionist for Dr. Robert Stevenson in Kent. She retired in 1982.

After 51 years in Brimfield, she moved to Stow-Glen five years ago. Her stone, landmark home on S.R. 43 in Brimfield still is owned and cared for by the family.

The entire family will be celebrating with Mrs. Smith, either at the open house Sunday or at smaller family reunions. Family members honoring her will be: Nellie Slepoy of Brimfield, Beverly and Curtis Casey of Mineola, Fla., Marjorie Tannehill of Akron, David and Diane Smith of Clifton, Va., Phyllis and Richard Herdendorf of Hilton Head Island, S.C., J.T. and Linda Smith of Massillon and Connie and Dan Pratt of Brimfield.

Mrs. Smiths many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren also are planning to honor her at the 99th birthday events.

Friends wishing to contact Mrs. Smith may write to her at Stow-Glen Apartments No. 535, 4285 Kent Road, Stow 44224.

For more information about the open house, call Connie Pratt at (330) 673-3880 or Nellie Slepoy at (330) 673-6621.

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