OLGA M. SMITH
July 22, 1947 - July 4, 2006
Born in San Francisco on July 22, 1947, the oldest child of Oscar and Anita Garcia, Olga is survived by her brother Ruben, and sister, Norma. A half-brother, Oscalito, lives in New York. She was a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco.
For the past 26 years she was employed as a bookkeeper for Cleasby Manufacturing, where she met her husband.
Married to Tom Smith, she was the mother of Michelle, Angela, Teena, Timothy (deceased) and Marina, and the grandmother of Craig, Christopher, Amanda, Teal, Alura, Marlin, Shandra, Dustin, Raymond and Robert.
Family was of the utmost importance to Olga. She faithfully attended annual family reunions. Last year's reunion was in Puerto Rico where she and Tom took eleven members of their family with them on a two week vacation. Olga was literally in Paradise as this trip was a dream come true for her. She loved Puerto Rico and everything Puerto Rican as this was her heritage. Although terminally ill, she joyfully attended this year's reunion in Georgia, flying out with sister, Norma. Her exuberant personality and radiant happiness belied her serious condition. The picture above was taken at the Georgia reunion just 10 days before her passing.
Gardening was her passion. She augmented her natural abilities by taking horticulture classes at DVC. Her garden is a living testament of her zest for gardening and is a veritable nursery of plants, fruit trees and shrubbery of all types. She had converted the yard from a landfill to a natural wildlife habitat. It was to her garden that she was carried by her husband, Tom, when it was obvious that the end was near. Olga had been battling cancer the last six months and had taken a dramatic turn for the worse the last week. With her family at her side she went peacefully to be with the Lord at 11:55AM.