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Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont

Smith, Gloria B.




Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and bridge partner, Gloria (Pokey) Smith passed away October 11, 2022 at the age of 98. She is survived by son Michael Smith (Rosemary), grandsons Matthew Smith (Rachel) and Ryan Smith (Megan), son Richard Smith (Barbara/deceased), and daughter, Diane (Didi) Smith, granddaughter, Melissa Garman, and great grandsons, Christian Garman, Lucian Huffman, Owen Garman, Zeik Garman, and Michael Johnston, and great granddaughter, Anastasia Johnston. Preceded in death by husband Richard (Dick) Smith, of 54 years, father and mother, Roy and Thelma Brittain, her sister Marjorie (Marnie) Henley, and her husband William (Bill) G.Henley and significant others, Dr. Al Tuttle, and Jim Brown. Gloria was born in Akron, Ohio, moved to Cleveland, and attended Rocky River High School. After graduation, she attended Miami of Ohio University in Oxford, Ohio with a dual major of Speech Therapy and Math and was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. After college, she taught Speech Therapy in the Cleveland School System from 1946 – 1949. Gloria met Dick at a USO dance, they married on October 18, 1947, and lived in the west side of Cleveland. The family moved to Falconhurst in Pittsburgh in December 1965 due to Alcoa closing their Cleveland R&D facility and moving it to Pittsburgh. Upon arrival, the first order of business was to join the Fox Chapel Racquet Club where Gloria enjoyed playing tennis on the Har-Tru clay courts most summer days and platform tennis in the winter while Dick maintained the swimming pool pump and with long term planning. While raising her family, she started a neighborhood adult play troupe (The Falconhurst Players) putting on plays. Gloria directed while Dick built the sets for the plays. Gloria attended Duquesne University to attain her Masters in Counseling and was a Guidance Counselor at the Fox Chapel School System from 1974 to 1993. After retirement, the couple downsized and moved to Harwick, PA. After six years, they moved to Longwood at Oakmont. Shortly after the move, Dick passed away from bladder cancer. Gloria continued to play bridge most days, line dancing, crosswords, Stephen ministries, and was the director of the Longwood talent show 2016-2018. Gloria loved to travel. She took trips to northern Italy, and France (with college roommates), Spain (with Dick) and Greece (with Didi). Gloria went around the world with Semester at Sea. She enjoyed visiting the great grandchildren in Wyoming. Gloria had a number of sayings that live on in our family: “If you can read, you can cook,” “Think before you speak,” “Tennis is a game of misdirection,” “Change is exciting,” “Learn something new every day,” “Pizza and Guiness!” There will be a memorial service at Longwood Chapel at 2:00 on Nov 12, 2022. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Research to Prevent Blindness (https://www.rpbusa.org/).Arrangements entrusted to BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. Oakmont