Teresina Smith Obituary (1928 – 2022) – Fresno, CA

Teresina Smith died in Fresno on Sunday, the 12th of June, at the age of 93. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Terry was known for always greeting people with her cheerful smile, her love and devotion to her family, a sense of humor, a strong work ethic coupled with her can-do attitude, and the ability to make a friend everywhere she went.
She grew up in Fresno, where she enjoyed working in her father’s grocery store (Leonardo Market), was valedictorian of Roosevelt High School class of ’46, and studied Business Administration at Fresno State College.
In 1948, she married the love of her life and high-school sweetheart, Donald Smith, and together they raised eight children. Terry was devoted to her husband and centered her life on making a home and raising a family. Later in life, she was a secretary at Fresno City College for 16 years until her retirement. She delighted in watching her grandchildren grow to adulthood, the recent arrival of her great-grandchild, and the prospect of another great-grandchild on the way.
She loved hosting large family gatherings and always included friends as part of her family. She enjoyed playing the piano, playing canasta and pinochle with friends, family trips to Santa Cruz, and traveling in the US and abroad with Don. You could always find Terry enthusiastically pursuing several projects at once: sewing, crocheting, reading voraciously, preparing lasagnas and other family favorites, refinishing furniture, and working in her beautiful garden.
She was preceded in death by Donald Smith, her loving husband of 64 years. She is survived by her children; Ernest and his wife Robin, Bruce, Margaret McDougal and her husband Tom, David and his wife Kim, Donna Berte and her husband Dave, Caroline Dimont and her husband Irv, Stephen and his wife Allison, Janet Erwin and her husband Don, grandchildren; Ashley Smith, Mirley Smith Vargas, Brian McDougal and his wife Bernadette, Kevin McDougal, Michael Berte, Michael Dimont and his wife Elaine, Gregory Dimont and his wife Tiffany, and Kathleen and Luke Erwin, great-grandchild Lindsey Dimont, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hinds Hospice Home, 1416 W. Twain, Fresno, Ca. 93711
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Published by Legacy on Jun. 17, 2022.

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