Ann Elizabeth Smith, volunteer and Republican activist

Ann Elizabeth Smith was a community volunteer and Republican Party activist.

Ann Elizabeth Smith, a community volunteer and Republican Party activist, died of a stroke Saturday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Glen Arm resident was 87.

Born Ann Elizabeth Pierce in Evanston, Ill., she was the daughter of Ralph Pierce, personnel director for the Marshall Field's department stores, and Theresa Worthington Bethel, a homemaker.


She earned a degree in Greek and Latin at Smith College.

While at a church function, she met her future husband, William R. Smith, who went on to become the Canton Railroad's president.


After moving to Baltimore in the 1950s, she worked at the J.H. Williams Company, the American Heart Association and Haven Corp.

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Mrs. Smith was active in Republican politics and volunteered for the campaigns of the late George A. Price, who served in the Maryland legislature, and former Rep. Helen Delich Bentley.

She taught English as a second language. She was also active in fundraising for multiple sclerosis and cancer research. She raised funds for Ruxton Elementary School. She volunteered at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center gift shop, worked with the Girl Scouts and at the Bykota Senior Center in Towson.

Mrs. Smith lived for many years in Ruxton, where she was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and had been Sunday school head and parish secretary.

She later resided at the Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm, where she was active in its residents association. She played bridge and took tap dance and art lessons.

Plans for a spring memorial service are incomplete.

Survivors include a son, Ralph Smith of Buffalo N.Y.; two daughters, Catherine Durkin of Towson and Libby Benet of Monroe, Conn.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her husband of 57 years died in 2013.

—Jacques Kelly