CANTON - Eleanor Smith's faith in the Lord Jesus became sight when she passed from this world to Heaven on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
She was born April 25, 1927, at home in Aultman, the daughter of Clarence and Florence Sloat. She was the third of four children born to them.
Her early years were spent in Aultman, but her family later moved to Hartville, where she spent her school years, and she graduated from Hartville High School in 1945 as salutatorian of her class.
For a time she worked for Schumacher Lumber Co. after graduation, during World War II.
During this time, she met the man who would become the love of her life, Cecil Smith, when he returned from serving our country in Okinawa, Japan, during WWII. They married on March 10, 1951, bought a home in Uniontown, and started their family there.
Later, they built a new home a short way north of Uniontown, where they raised their growing family. In 1979, they bought a second home in Sarasota, Fla., where they spent many enjoyable winters and made many new friends. They then sold their home in Uniontown and moved to their present condo in Canton in 2000. Not many years ago, they sold their home in Florida and have lived in Canton exclusively since then.
Eleanor loved the Lord, and served Him all her life. She trusted Jesus as her Lord and Savior in her early 20s. She taught Sunday school at Canton Baptist Temple for 22 years, where she and Cecil have been members for almost 40 years.
She loved people and enjoyed serving and entertaining folks in their home over the years. She was a member of the Women's Club in Uniontown for many years, and was later an officer with TOPS nearly until the time of her passing.
She loved her three boys and her grandchildren. The family loved her equally as much in return. She was an excellent cook and baker - and her pies, cookies, and cakes are legendary in the Smith household even to this day. She loved, and was loved by all who knew her, both family and friends. She was a great example to her family and she prayed for all of them every day.
She is survived by her sister, Bernice Richards. She is also survived by Cecil Smith, her husband of 62 years. She is also survived by sons, Ed (Deb) Smith, Philip (Vicky) Smith and Brian (Karen) Smith, and grandchildren, Jason (Molly), Angela, Kelli (Richard), Justin, Eric, Kristen and Brittany. There are also four great- grandchildren.
She joins her sister Dawn Wurstler, and brother, Kenneth Sloat in death.
Eleanor lived her life by Godly example. Cecil has said many times that besides coming to know the Lord as his Savior, Eleanor was the best thing that ever happened to him. As a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she will be sorely missed by all of the family. ''Yet we know when she took her last breath, she stepped into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our loss is Heaven's gain. We miss you already, but one day we will meet you again, and what a glorious day that will be.
''Honey, I miss you so much, my life will never be the same without you.''
''Mom, we love you and miss you. Your memory will forever be in our hearts and minds.''
''Grandma, thanks for loving us and praying for us. We will never forget you.''
The family also wants to thank the Visiting Angels who helped Cecil during Eleanor's stay at home and Aultman Hospice and the Compassion Care Center for the wonderful care they provided for Eleanor the last few weeks of her life. They enabled Eleanor and her family to face the end of her life with dignity and compassion.
Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel, 801 Pittsburg Ave. N.W., with the Rev. Mike Frazier and the Rev. Fred Bennett officiating.
Interment will be in Sunset Hills Burial Park.
Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Flowers are welcome, but in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Eleanor's life to Camp CHOF, c/o Canton Baptist Temple, 515 Whipple Ave. N.W., Canton, OH 44708.
Those wishing to send their condolences or share a fond memory may sign the Reed online guestbook at www.reedfuneralhome.com.