Obituary: Judith Smith

Obituary: Judith Smith

The Atlanta native was a USO volunteer during World War II and traveled the world.

Judith Gershon Smith of blessed memory, 92 years young, wife extraordinaire, inspirational mother, unconditionally loving grandmother, devoted friend, ribbon-winning storyteller, one-of-a-kind coach, motivational speaker, fashionista and tchotchke connoisseur, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, comfortably in her home and birthplace of Atlanta.

Born Aug. 17, 1926, Judy was the daughter of Rebecca and Oscar Gershon. She was a USO volunteer during World War II, a Pentagon employee outside Washington, and a traveler to exotic places in the Mediterranean, the Iberian coast, Israel, Europe, the Caribbean, the Pacific islands and the Canadian Rockies.

Her husband, Jacob Smith, was lucky enough to have been married to Judy for just shy of a half-century, and he passed in 1995. Her son Bruce, known for his comic relief and original antics, passed in 1975 and awaits his mom with Papa Jake.

Judy is survived by her daughter, Karen Chernoff; her son and “daughter,” Michael and Vicki Smith; four grandchildren, Brian, Jeffrey, Alison and Brad; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Marion Radwin (Myron); and a brother, Burt Gershon.

Sign the online guestbook at Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Greenwood Cemetery with Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal officiating. After the funeral, memorial and lively discussion and celebration of her life, memory and legacy took place at the Jewish Tower. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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