Sara W. (Winges) Smith

August 18, 1940January 11, 2019

Sara Anne Winges Smith, 78, returned to her Creator on January 11, 2018. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, graduated from Fern Creek High School and attended Transylvania University before returning home to graduate from the University of Louisville where she met Dr. Richard Smith, the love of her life. They eventually moved to New Albany where they played an active role and enjoyed its small town ambience. During her lifetime, she claimed many friends who received her care and companionship, appreciating her infectious vivacity and sense of humor. Her sharp wit and sense of fun insured her a welcome wherever she went.

Sara gravitated toward the traditional way of life but was practical in adapting to new approaches. She loved to text and in that way kept in close contact with her daughter, Eileen. She had numerous domestic talents, one of which was cooking. At the Kentucky State Fair, she won numerous ribbons for her baking skills. An expert at living with simplicity, she sewed much of the clothing in her wardrobe, mended household items, reupholstered rather than tossing, and she insisted on hanging out her laundry to sun dry. She relished antique stores and yard sales, always adept at spotting a bargain. She enjoyed her garden, especially the tomatoes, and tended it with care.

Passionate about music, both as listener and participant, she played the flute in high school and regularly performed at worship at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she was a devoted member. With her keen intellect and sense of curiosity, she took advantage of opportunities to learn and lead in various organizations – the Floyd County Museum Alliance, Amaranth Club and Alpha Club, and the Silver Hills Historical Society.

The source of her energy and zest for living was her profound love for her husband, who was her best friend; and daughter, who was always a delight to her mother. She was devoted to Jerry, her son-in-law, and Thomas, her grandson. They gave her life purpose as she engaged in the beauty of living fully.

Those who went before her are her husband, Dr. Richard Smith; her mother, Sara Katherine O’Connor Winges; her father, Charles Jacob Winges; and her half-brother, David Winges. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Eileen Kerry Smith Britton; son-in-law, Jerry Britton; grandson, Thomas Britton; sister-in-law, Mary Winges; and nephews, Mark (Mary) and Bruce (Bonnie) Winges.

Memorial Visitation will be held from 3 pm ~ 8 pm Tuesday at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany, IN. Her Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, New Albany. She will be buried privately next to her husband in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon, IN.

Donations in Sara Smith’s memory may be made to: Hartman-Baity House New Albany Restoration Project, Indiana Landmarks Southern Regional Office, 115 W. Chestnut St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130.

Online condolences may be left at


  • Eileen and Jerry Britton, Daughter and Son-in-Law
  • Thomas Richard Britton, Grandson
  • Richard P. Smith (deceased), Husband
  • Sara Katherine O'Connor Winges (deceased), Mother
  • Charles Winges (deceased), Father

  • Hartman-Baity House New Albany Restoration Project


  • Memorial Visitation Tuesday, January 22, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Sara W. (Winges) Smith

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AJ McKinley

January 19, 2019

We were shocked to read of Sara's passing. We are in South Padre Island, TX and will not be able to attend the visitation.

Sara was in my adult Spanish class at Prosser and she became a wonderful friend to me and my wife..We met Richard and Sara many times at El Napol for lunch.Manytimes we enjoyed meals at each other's homes.

We had tried many times last week to call her and were worried when we could not receive an answer.

We will miss her as she will be missed by many loved ones and friends.

Eileen, we would enjoy talking to you if is ever convenient for you.  Our phone number is 812 967 3985

May God comfort you during this sad time.

A.J. and Marilyn McKinley

Charlotte & Frank Riely, Sr.

January 17, 2019

Sara will be greatly missed by her walks, Alpha Club and "all" of Silver Hills Neighbors.

Jenifer Schultz

January 16, 2019

So glad I was able to meet such a lovely person. She brightened our world.

Nancy Stein

January 16, 2019

I will never forget seeing Sara jogging through the neighborhood What an inspiration She was a wonderful part of our “Hill” family and a little light went out with her passing

Katherine Sears

January 15, 2019

I first met Sara when I participated in one of the rehearsals for the New Albany Deanery Epiphany Choir concert. Since then, I have encountered her with other choir and music-related activities. She then began to play flute on occasion whenever I would cantor the Saturday 4 p.m. Mass.
She was always so warm and kind to me and everyone around her. Sara was a very talented musician and I loved to listen to her play the flute. She brought joy to everyone she met. She was good-natured, easy going, and exuded an engaging smile.
My regret is not getting to know her better and that she, Joann and I didn't get to perform "I Wonder As I Wonder" before 4 p.m. Mass.
Sara, you will be missed by so many! May you rest in the peaceful loving arms of Jesus.

Jessica F

January 15, 2019

I cared for Mrs. Smith for a short time at the end of last year. I truly enjoyed our visits, she was so sweet and had such a kind heart. I am broken hearted to hear of her passing and will keep her family and friends in my prayers.

Matt and Jessica Bergman

January 14, 2019

Sara was a lovely neighbor, we enjoyed our short time with her on Ridgeway Ave. Her presence and smile will be missed.