Ann McDaniel Smith of One Garber Court passed away on May 1, 2014. She lived a life of faith, family, friends and fortitude. Her shining presence is an immeasurable loss.
Mrs. Smith was born on April 26, 1935 in Durham, North Carolina and is preceded in death by her parents, Nancy Lucille and James Bruce McDaniel. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Charles Thomas Smith, Jr., CPA, of Durham, her son, Charles Thomas Smith, III and his wife, Deborah Dove Smith, of Raleigh, NC; her brother, Riley M. McDaniel, and his wife Hazel, of Goose Creek, SC, as well as four nieces and three nephews.
A graduate of Bethesda High School of Durham, Ann married Charles T. Smith, Jr. Duke University Class of 1954 in the Duke Chapel on 11 June 1955. They were blessed with their beloved son in 1958. She lived in many cities around the U.S. due to her husband’s distinguished career with KPMG, Inc., one of the world’s leading CPA and business consulting firms.
Ann enjoyed her many friends and homes in Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, Bloomfield Hills Michigan; New York, New York; Naples, FL; and Durham. After her husband’s retirement, they built a home at Durham’s Treyburn Country Club before moving to Croasdaile Village Retirement Village.
After her son enrolled at Duke in 1976, Ann and Charlie traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She enjoyed many of the world’s finest resorts and hotels, always reveling in fine dining and flying the Concorde.
When asked her profession, Ann proudly proclaimed, “I am a wife and mother.” She supported her husband and son in every imaginable way. She was active in her community, regardless of locale. She supported her church homes; was president of the PTA; president of the Newcomers Club in Bloomfield Hills; a judge for local Miss America pageants; a top member of the Ladies Golf Team at Atlanta Country Club; competing against other Club leagues editor of the Club’s publications; a member of many bridge clubs; and a community leader. She relished dancing and entertaining in her gracious homes. Ann was a highly accomplished needlework artist, whose work has been exhibited. She loved to read and solved daily crossword puzzles.
She was a member of the congregation at Duke Chapel and always cared deeply for those in need. In addition to her volunteer activities, Ann and Charlie gave generously to their church, the United Methodist Foundation and the United Methodist Retirement Homes. Their love for Duke University was marked as members of the Founders Society, the James B. Duke Society, the William Preston Few Association, the Cornerstone Society, the Medical Davison Club, the Fuqua Business Centurions and Isle Maligne Society, the Friends of Duke Chapel, and Life Members of the Iron Dukes. She also supported the Multiple Sclerosis Society and various charitable causes.
In recent years, despite the ongoing effects of Multiple Sclerosis, Ann carried forward with her ever-present positive attitude, her faith, and her astounding inner strength. Regardless of her physical condition, she accompanied Charlie as he traveled throughout the nation during his tenure as the International President of the National Association of Accountants, speaking at many of its 341 chapters with a total of 92, 000 members. An Association publication included a feature article, entitled “NAA’s First Lady: A Profile in Courage.” The article stated: “Ann Smith refuses to let anything get her down. She has been able to attend all but the overseas meetings this past year. This determined lady hopes she can help someone else understand a bit more about MS and about facing all kinds of challenges.” This was a fitting testament to a strong and beloved wife, mother and mother-in-law.
Ann thoroughly enjoyed people and was blessed with many, many friends. Her three best friends, Mary Glomstead of Bloomfield Hills, MI, Elsa Jacquint of Atlanta, and Jane Lucke of Cincinnati, formed a lifelong friendship in 1977 when the group met as residents of the Detroit area. After Ann moved from Michigan in 1986, these wonderful ladies visited her on an annual basis for a week of bridge and fun. This joyful tradition continued for the next 25 years.
In these most recent years, Ann was again blessed by amazing caregivers, who became members of her extended family. These ladies include Rebecca Williamson, Shirley Adams, Sharon Hill, Sandra Wood, and Brenda Davis. She truly loved each and every one.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2014 at the William Preston Few Chapel in Croasdaile Village. The Reverend Dr. Carol Gregg, Pastor to the Congregation, Duke University Chapel will officiate. The family will receive guests at a reception following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the Smith Family requests that memorials be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or Duke University Chapel, Box 90974, Durham, NC 27708.
The Smith family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.