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Eva Frances Smith

December 5, 1925May 15, 2020

Eva Francis Smith (Hadley) was born in Monon Indiana on December 5 1925, her two brothers, Jim and Cliff Hadley, preceded her in her death. Daughter of Ruth (Harness) and Ralph Hadley, wife of Robert G. Smith who also preceded her in death. She married her high school sweetheart December 12th 1943. Mom and Dad loved traveling, well Mom loved travel Dad went along for the ride. She loved the snow and the Sierra's, for a long time enjoying a family cabin in Sugarpine near Sonora California. Many family vacations spent at Lake Tahoe and Reno, camping at Oarwood Resort. Mom survived the Great Depression like many of her generation, imprinting her with practical and thrifty characteristics that lasted a lifetime. Those same traits were passed on to her children, John Smith of Mariposa, Jeannie Smith of Castro Valley and Ernie Smith of Descanso, all coupon using thrifty shoppers and travelers. Upon graduation from high school she moved to the big city of Chicago, 17 years old and barely a dime to her name, got a job as an office "girl". Later, during WWII she joined her new husband in Virginia again on her own with barely a dime to her name finding a job as a cook at a small motel that offered board as part of her pay. Once Dad was shipped overseas, she again relocated by herself to Alameda, once again on her own and getting a job with the shipyards inspecting welds on Liberty ships. She lived and worked in Alameda until the end of the war when Dad returned aboard the USS Hornet. Still loved going to Alameda for lunch with her children, reliving fond memories of Alameda in the 40's. Mom was a stay at home mother most of our childhood, not working outside of the home until her youngest child was in high school when she started working for the local cable company. An old fashioned, independent, hard working woman. Mom and Dad moved to San Leandro in 1952, lived in the same simple and practical house until her death. She enjoyed the lifelong friends from the neighborhood playing cards, camping and raising an extended family. It was a great life.


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