Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, TX


Artha G. Smith

September 25, 1938June 23, 2020

Artha Jean Griswold Smith, 81, of Beaumont, passed away Tuesday June 23 2020 in Beaumont.

Artha was born September 25, 1938, in Port Arthur, TX to Lydia Wilson and Arthur James Griswold. She is a retired Beaumont ISD teacher, having taught science and special education. She was also active in TSTA and in SPCTA and BTA during her teaching years. Following retirement, she worked at DARS Blind Services (formerly TX Commission for the Blind) as a reader for IL Caseworker Edna Osborne for many years. She also served in various volunteer capacities at her church, First Christian Church, in Beaumont.

Artha was preceded in death by her father Jim Griswold, her brother Billy Joe Griswold, her mother Lydia Neuville, and her beloved husband of 50 years Gilbert Gerald Smith. She is survived by her daughter Leslie C. Smith of Beaumont, several cousins, and numerous friends.


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Patrice Rabalais

June 30, 2020

I was blessed to have worked with Aretha at West Brook High - 9th grade campus. I loved her humor, wit, and sense of humor. She was a great teacher and friend. I was able to visit and reconnect with her at DARS when she worked with Ms Osborn. One day I heard her voice and laughter and knew it was her immediately. Prayers for her daughter who she spoke fondly of during our teaching years.

Judy Melling

June 27, 2020

Leslie, I am so sad to hear of the passing of your mother. We had so many good times & shared many laughs together. I always enjoyed her cards she sent upon every occasion. I'm sorry I learned the sad news so late. And I have just noticed that our mothers had the same birthday (different years). Take care & hope to see you soon. Judy Melling

Kathryn Renfro-Powers

June 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss Leslie. Your Mom was tough and fought hard through her many health challenges recently, but I pray you will find comfort in knowing she has to suffer no longer. She touched so many lives through her work over the years and I know she will be missed dearly.
With sincere condolences,
Kathryn Renfro-Powers

Paul Beenen

June 25, 2020

Artha, Janice and I will miss you dearly. We truly wish that we had had the opportunity to see you on a timely basis. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.RIP