Esther Ann "Tess" Smith, 81, of Lodi, died April 9 in a local hospital. She was born Esther Ann Ninnis on May 9, 1924, in Plymouth.
Mrs. Smith moved to Lodi with her family in 1927, where she was raised, attended Lincoln and Salem schools and then graduated from Lodi Union High School in 1942. She met W.E. "Ed" Smith during her freshman year of high school, and they were married in 1943. She was a member of the United Congregational Christian Church and enjoyed square dancing, making ceramics and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, W.E. "Ed" Smith, of Lodi; son, William Edward Smith, Jr., of Herald; daughters, Sharon Ullrich, of Lodi, Debra Ann Phillips and Krista Noel Chraska, both of Emmett, Idaho; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Services will be private. Interment will be held at Cherokee Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, and from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at Gierhart-Wells & Donahue Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817; or to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, One Hanover Park, 16633 N. Dallas Pkwy, Suite 600, Addison, Texas 75001.
Gierhart-Wells & Donahue Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.