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Obituaries

Kitty Smith   

 

Oct. 29, 1955 to Dec. 1, 2010

After more than a decade of combating immune suppressive health problems, Kathryn Harrod Smith (Kitty) succumbed to cancer on Dec. 1, 2010.

Smith was a generous, loving, giving mother, sister, friend and wife. An accomplished sailor, talented chef, impromptu party planner, design guru, crossword aficionado, and passionate animal rescuer, Smith was so much to so many.

The daughter of Jodeane Collins Harrod and Ron Harrod was a native Californian, raised in Corona del Mar and graduating from Corona del Mar High School in 1972. She attended Arizona State University as an interior design major. After her marriage to Robert Smith of Indiana, they moved to Laguna Beach, converting a tiny bungalow to a multi-story home for family and friends. Her hospitality and open door principle meant time with Smith was abundantly filled with great food, good wine, lively conversations and much laughter.


days were full, running errands for the disabled, taxiing kids to and fro,  cooking up great meals for family and the neighborhood, caring for animals, and making life better for everyone around her.


is survived by her husband Robert Smith, son Collin and daughter Cassie, all of Laguna Beach; her sister Janeanne Rinaldi and husband John, of Santa Barbara;  and father Ron Harrod of Corona del Mar.  In lieu of flowers, Smith’s family would appreciate donations to your favorite animal shelter.

Memories recounted, glasses raised, laughter and tears shared for Smith will be ongoing by all whose lives were so enriched by having her a part of them.   No date has yet been set for a celebration of life get-together.

Loved by many and missed by all, Smith is once again with her mom and many beloved family, pets, and friends who preceded her.

 

George Anderson

George Kenneth (Ken) Anderson, who moved to Laguna Beach from Detroit, Mich., with his wife Bette in 1987, died Saturday, Dec. 18 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. The cause of death was septic shock, following partial recovery from an stroke in November, 2008.

Anderson served as a B-17 pilot in England in World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Battle Stars. He was a B-29 pilot instructor and flew in the Michigan Air National Guard, remaining in the Air Force Reserve as an academy liaison officer until his retirement in 1971 as a lieutenant colonel.  His civilian career included management positions in marketing and sales with the Ford Motor Company until 1987. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in business from Wayne State and his “favorite,” an associate degree in fine arts from Saddleback College.

After relocating to Laguna, Anderson was able to pursue his lifelong interest in art.  He was a gifted photographer who also studied and created watercolors, sketches and sculpture. He supported a number of local art organizations, including CAP, LOCA, Orange County Art Museum, the Festival of Arts and Laguna Art Museum. He served on the city’s Arts Commission and was a board member of both LANO and Neighborhood Watch. He was a member of Village Laguna and active in the DFC Society. He loved Laguna and had many friends here.

Survivors include Ken’s wife Betty; son Merrill; grandsons Aaron and Evan of Iowa; his sister Marion of Florida; and extended family members in Michigan. His final wishes included cremation and burial at sea. In lieu of flowers, any contributions can be sent to Laguna’s Friendship Shelter, Community Clinic or R.U.F.F.

 

 

 

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