Mary Charlotte Smith, 82, formerly of Rochester, South Bend, and Bremen, passed away at 9:40 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.
In Rochester, on May 14, 1936, Mary Charlotte Hiatt was born. She was the cherished daughter of John Norman and Mary Launer Hiatt. Growing up she shared her childhood with her twin brother Bill. In 1954 she graduated from Rochester High School. She continued her formal education at Manchester College earning a bachelor’s degree in secondary education home economics and English in May of 1958. It was at Manchester College that she met the love of her life, Mr. Daniel Douglas Smith.
On Dec. 20, 1960, Charlotte and Dan Smith were married. They have shared nearly 59 years of life’s adventures. From their union came two wonderful children, Janneane and Monty. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of a generation of grandchildren.
Mrs. Smith accepted a position with the South Bend Tribune as a reporter and journalist with a focus on the “Food,” section. She also served St. Joseph County as a 4-H leader, using her talents to teach club members about foods and clothing. As an esteemed judge, she critiqued quilting, foods, arts and craft projects, and assigned their placement. She especially excelled at quilting as a leisure activity.
Returning to the Rochester area in recent years, she was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church.
Charlotte Smith will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Daniel; daughter, Janneane Veger and husband Joseph of Rochester; son, Monty Smith and wife Maya of Santa Barbara, Calif.; granddaughter, Natalia Emily Smith, grandson, Carl Joseph Veger; and twin brother, Bill Hiatt and wife Patti of Rockford, Ill.
Preceding Charlotte in death are her parents Norman and Mary Hiatt, and grandson Riley Howard Veger.
A celebration of the life of Mary Charlotte Smith will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, May 16, in the Chapel at Peabody Retirement Community. Chaplain David Crowley will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from noon-2 on Thursday at the Peabody Chapel. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Community Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1033, Rochester, IN 46975 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601