“It’s Been One Hell of a Life”
Eugene L. Smith: May 13, 1931 — May 12, 2017
BettyAnn Smith: Nov. 6, 1932 — May 13, 2017
Married for 67 years and only apart one day. The love that they shared would overfill a house. Both resided in Winters for the majority of their years and cultivated many friendships throughout the community.
Betty loved animals, margaritas, dancing and riding her horses. Gene loved Betty, dancing, fishing, and a nice cold beer. Gene served in the navy first, but was released because of what they like to call an “age limit” and then enlisted in the army. He served his time and established himself as the manager of a lumber yard in his later years. He was also a part time commercial fisherman.
Gene lived by the code, “if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with B.S.” Betty worked as a receptionist for Dr. Rosten in Dixon. Once they both retired, they enjoyed the country life, i.e., nagging each other and calling each other “playful names.“
Thank you to the merchants of Winters for graciously accepting Betty’s acts of bribery; we know you’ll all miss the wine, beer, oranges, etc that she tried to peddle.
They are survived by many loved ones including their daughters, Janice Myers and Charlotte Lloyd; granddaughters, Amy Pearce and Lindsay Naramore; grandson, Brandon Myers; great-granddaughters KaleAnn, Kiley, Tyler, Prestlie and Maci; great-grandsons Nevin, Oliver and Cade; one horse, three cats and one dog.
Fear not town of Winters, the gray El Camino is retired from the streets.
No public services will be held, but please say a prayer and drink a cold one for Gene and Betty.