EVART — Anna Laura (Parsons) Smith, 94, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at home with family by her side.
Born March 24, 1922, in Durand, Anna Laura grew up in Holland and later lived in East Lansing. She graduated from Hope College in 1944. Anna Laura met her future husband, Fred B. Smith, in East Lansing in 1942. While Fred served in World War II, she taught school in Bay City. Upon Fred’s return, the couple married at Naval Station Norfolk in 1945. Soon thereafter, the couple moved to Fred’s hometown, Evart, where they owned and operated Smith Lumber Company and raised three sons, William, Fred and Thomas.