Alice Singer Smith, 96, general merchandise store co-owner, enjoyed gardening, painting

By on November 9, 2016

Alice Singer Smith, 96, passed away on the evening of Friday, Nov. 4, at Maple Farm Nursing Center (a part of Garden Spot Community) in Akron.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Robert E Smith Sr.; and her son, the Rev. David L. Smith, an Episcopal clergyman having served churches in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. She also was predeceased by her parents: Silas T. and Bessie (Adams) Singer; and four brothers: Russell G., Thomas A., Benjamin H., and Reed E. Singer.

Alice was born March 9, 1920, on a farm along Groff’s Run near Farmersville, West Earl Township. During her grade school years, her family relocated to Millport (near Rothsville), but they returned to the farm on Groff’s Run when Alice was a teenager.

She worked for a time at the Bareville Garment Factory, married, and then waited for her husband to return home from service in the U.S. Army during World War II. From 1945 until 1963, Alice and Robert owned and operated a general merchandise store in Farmersville. After they sold the store, Alice stayed busy with her interests in cooking, needlework of various types, gardening, and painting with watercolors. Periodically, she assisted with bookkeeping tasks in the family masonry business, Grant A. Smith and Sons Inc.

Alice was a member of the Garden Spot Village Community Church in New Holland. She was a previous member of Mount Zion Methodist Church in Akron, St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster, and Bangor Episcopal Church in Churchtown.

Alice is survived by a daughter: Linda S. (“Susie”) Braught of Lancaster; a son: Robert E. Smith, Jr. (Pamela Burkhart) of Lancaster; and her former daughter-in-law: Gwendolyn A DeYoung of Mansfield. She is survived by six grandchildren: Susannah A., Emily C., and Noelle A. Smith; Stacy Smith Myers (Eric); Matthew R. Smith; and David S. Braught; and two step-grandsons: Charles F. Braught III (Jenni); and Br. John W Braught, SSJE. Alice also is survived by three great-grandchildren: Kara and Shane Myers; and Flora Smith; and two step-great-grandchildren: Charles F. Braught IV and Grace E. Braught. Many nieces and nephews also survive her; and three sisters-in-law: Evelyn Smith Hoober, Irene Hatt Smith, and Christine Burkholder Singer.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service in honor of Alice’s life at the Garden Towers Chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at noon, with the Rev. Chet Yoder officiating. A reception will be held following the service at Garden Spot Village. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

The Smith family wishes to recognize and thank the staff of Maple Farm Nursing Center, and also Hospice and Community Care, for their consistent, loving, and professional attention to Alice’s needs.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Alice’s memory to the Benevolent Fund of Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland PA 17557.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at


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