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Oct. 26, 1909 – Dec. 18, 2012

Elizabeth J. Smith, a retired social worker for both Erie County and the state, died Dec. 18 at her home in Buffalo. She was 103.

Born in Burlington, Vt., she moved to Buffalo as child when her father was assigned to the area by the U.S. Customs Service. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wellesley College and her master’s in social work from the University of Buffalo.

For many years, she was employed by Erie County Child Welfare Services and, eventually, by the state as a supervising rehabilitation counselor. It is not known exactly when she retired.

Miss Smith was a board member and former treasurer of the Amherst Zonta Club. She lived in Snyder for many years until she became a resident of Buffalo about 12 years ago. She also was a member of the Amherst Garden Club, Visions for Tomorrow, League of Women Voters, Women for Downtown and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra Women’s Committee.

Miss Smith was a longtime member of St. John’s–Grace Episcopal Church, the American Association of University Women, the College Club of Buffalo and the Buffalo Yacht Club.

According to longtime friend, J. William Everett, Miss Smith pursued a wide range of interests long after her retirement from social work.

“She maintained a wide range of friends in the academic and social [justice] communities. She also traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia,” Everett said.

She did not leave behind any immediate family as survivors.

A service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John’s–Grace Episcopal Church, 15 Colonial Circle.