Smith dead at 103 years old

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 5, 2006


staff reports

Natchez &8212; Friends of Alice Kaiser Smith had done her share of living in her more than 103 years of life, but never complained about much of anything.

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Smith a long-time Natchez resident died this week after more than a century of life in the city of her birth.

&8220;She was definitely my head cheerleader,&8221; said the Rev. Faye Junkin Hudnall, associate pastor of Jefferson Street Methodist Church. &8220;I can truthfully say I never heard her complain about anything.&8221;

Smith was born on Dec. 23, 1902 in Natchez, the daughter of William Joseph Kaiser and Clara Rawes Kaiser.

She graduated from the Natchez Institute and attended what is now the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus before marrying Frank Levon Smith.

&8220;She never lost her beautiful sense of humor or her great mind,&8221; said Carolyn Vance Smith, Mrs. Smith&8217;s daughter-in-law. &8220;She could beat anybody at bridge.&8221;

Her family home, Homewood, was on the first Natchez Pilgrimage tour in 1932. She was active in the Pilgrimage Garden Club for many years.

&8220;She was a lady in every sense of the word,&8221; Carolyn Vance Smith said.

&8220;She was born on High Street and lived in various places growing up &8230; and wound up living back on High Street again.&8221;

The centenarian was active in Jefferson Street Methodist Church.

&8220;She was the most loving and kind person I&8217;ve ever known,&8221; Hudnall said. &8220;She was absolutely without judgment; she loved and accepted people the way they were.&8221;

Survivors include a son and daughter along with dozens of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

For a complete obituary, please see page 5A.