Sara Ann Smith (Wall) was born June 14, 1935, in Mobile, Alabama and passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, April 03, 2023, in Pensacola, Florida. She was 87 years old. Sara was a graduate of Bishop Toolen Catholic High School, Class of 1953. Sara was a faithful member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Citronelle, Alabama until her passing. In 1955, Sara met her husband of 66 years James E. Smith (Smitty) at Brookley Field, in Mobile, Alabama while he was in the United States Air Force, and she was employed as a clerk typist at Brookley Field. They were married shortly after meeting and started their life together traveling to foreign countries and around the United States with their family for the next 23 years before retiring and settling in Citronelle, Alabama.
Sara was a strong and loving mother devoted to their seven children, becoming the head of the house when Smitty was in Vietnam. No easy feat for any person. Along with raising her children Sara loved reading, knitting, crocheting, and playing Bingo not to mention playing “highly competitive” games of Pinochle and Dominos with her family. She also cherished spending time with her sisters, nieces, nephews and friends for birthday luncheons.
Sara was preceded in death by her parents; father, John Thomas Wall, mother, Avanelle Clausen Wall, sisters Jeanne Nash (Frank), Barbara Alonzo, husband, James E. Smith, grandson, Robert A. Smith, great-grand-daughter, Aliyah N. Richardson.
Sara leaves behind seven children; Elizabeth A. Smith, Cape Coral, FL Yvonne Smith-Jeffery (Adam), Hutto, TX, Thomas S. Smith (Margaret), Chunchula, AL, Michael A. Smith (Deidra), Saint Hedwig, TX, Mark E. Smith (Audra), Citronelle, AL, Rachel S. Gartman (Ron), Citronelle, AL, and Joseph E. Smith (Becky) Citronelle, AL; 27 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great- grandchildren. One sister, Thomasine (Edward) Werneth, Orange Beach, AL, sister-in-law Shirley Jamerson, Griffin, GA., numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and beloved lifelong friends.
The family would like to thank the Doctors and Staff at HCA West Florida Hospital and Covenant House Hospice Care in Pensacola, Florida for their professionalism and compassion in caring for Sara.
Services will be held on Friday, 14 April 2023, Visitation at 10:00a.m. followed by Funeral Mass and Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8025 E State St., Citronelle, AL. 36522.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Building Fund.