Edith peacefully passed into Heaven, surrounded by family, in the comfort of her home, April 22, 2014. She was born 94 ½ years ago, October 18, 1919, in a little log cabin set in an asparagus patch, on their farm in Murray, Utah, to Italian immigrants Anthony and Rose Marie Plott DiPietro. She was a proud Italian-American, raised Catholic; a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
“Edie” lived a life full of energy and love for people, lighting up any room she walked into, with her glowing presence. She graduated from Granite High School in 1938 and later married Harold “Doc” Smith in 1942 in Elko, Nevada. They raised four children while living in Wyoming, Texas and Utah.
In 1942, as a 2nd Lt. in the Civil Air Patrol, Edith flew airplanes for search and rescue missions in the Ogden area, and served as a navigation and meteorology instructor for cadets. In 1997, she was honored as a woman aviator, and was one of three aviators who commissioned the Sky Park Airport in Bountiful, Utah.
During WWII, 1942 to 1946, she worked as a Navy Secretary at the Naval Supply Depot in Clearfield, Utah. In 1946, Edith and Harold moved to Kemmerer, Wyoming, where they owned and operated the notorious “Club Bon Rico,” named by Edith as it’s still known today, then famous for their fried chicken.
In 1954, Edith and family returned to Ogden where Edith worked at Marquardt Corp. She received her secretarial degree from the University of Utah. She graduated in 1961 from Stevens-Henager Business College, in Real Estate. She was a successful, top-producing Realtor for 26 years. Edith volunteered as a Pink Lady at the Weber Memorial Hospital; 9 years in the gift shop at a care center in Roy, Utah; and 17 years in the kitchen at the St. Joseph Catholic Church bingo hall.
Edith was a Lady Elk; a member of the Radiant Chapter #12 Order of Eastern Star, since 1951; and Iris Court #47 of the Ladies Oriental Shrine (L.O.S. of N.A.) since 1965 of which she held office as President.
Harold passed away July 29, 1970. Edith married Orien Eugene Pagel on December 15, 1972 in Las Vegas, Nevada and she helped raise three-step children in their historic country home in Riverdale, Utah. She loved to grow and can fresh fruits and vegetables from their farm; golfing at Riverside, oil painting, crocheting, playing the organ, cooking and entertaining, and enjoying her ladies birthday club. She loved to host parties and family gatherings at her home, which usually had a welcoming aroma of fresh spaghetti sauce on the stove. In 1994, she moved from the farm to enjoy condo living, her beautiful rose garden and travelling. She visited Great Britain, Europe, Hawaii twice, Alaska, Mexico, Canada, cruised the Caribbean, toured half of the United States and made countless trips as a “V.I.P.” to the Nugget Casino in Wendover, Nevada to play the “Blazing 7’s” accompanied by many family and friends.
Edith had exuberance for life, a beautiful smile, infectious laughter, an astounding memory for lengthy poetry, an extremely positive and generous spirit, as well as compassionate support and great love for her family. Her lifelong motto for success: “Remain patient, persistent and positive.”
Surviving are her two daughters and two sons: Gloria (Robert) Merritt, Linda (Steven) Gates, Franklin Smith and Lamont Smith. Also surviving are three step-sons: Michael Pagel, Patrick (Merlene) Pagel and Terry Pagel; 17 grand-children; 22 great-grand-children; Spirit her great-great-grand-daughter; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, one brother and seven sisters.
“What a shame to have to say goodbye, after years of accumulating wealth, health and knowledge,” joyfully shared with all those she loved. She sang and danced her way into our hearts, to her very last breath.
The family wishes to thank Father Elliott and members of Holy Family Catholic Church, and First United Methodist Church for their prayers and support. Also, many thanks to Envision Health Care and Hospice for their caring support, during our mother’s final days, as we kept our promise to keep her at home; and thank God for the honor and ability to do so. Thanks as well to the Ladies of the Oriental Shrine for their support and lifelong friendship to Edith.
Funeral Service will be held Monday, April 28, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 E. 36th Street, Ogden. Viewing will be held prior to service at 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Reception following at the Masonic Temple, 1240 E. 20th Street, Ogden.
Interment in Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park.
Please send the family condolence at: www.leavittsmortuary.com
Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 11:30 am -
Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm -