Mountain View Voice

News - January 11, 2013

Obituary

Isabelle Charlotte Gassett Smith

A memorial service for Isabelle Charlotte Gassett Smith is set for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Villa Siena, 1855 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Smith died Jan. 5.

She and her husband of 66 years, Charles, were residents of Villa Siena in Mountain View, where in earlier years they served as volunteers.

Although born in France in 1920, she grew up in Dearborn, Mich. the daughter of an early radio pioneer and meteorologist for the former Ford Airline System. Her mother was an accomplished concert pianist from Lille, France.

She attended Henry Ford's private school, where she became one of his favorites, her family said. While studying the violin, Ford loaned her a Stradivarius from his museum collection, and during high school, Ford sent her entire family to Europe for several months' vacation.

She and Charles were high school sweethearts in the 1930s and were married in 1946, following World War II. After living in Los Altos for more than 40 years, the couple moved to Pebble Beach and later to Monterey for 13 years.

Her family remembers her as a charming and caring lady who always had nice things to say about everyone. She loved music and art and traveled multiple times to Europe and Latin America.

She had a part-time career at Stanford Medical School and was active in the Palo Alto Children's Health Council. She was a longtime member of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization that funded an Iowa college for girls.

She is survived by her husband Charles; her children Ronald Smith of Redding, Bonny Meyer of Napa Valley and Terri Michel of Mountain View; three grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

The family prefers that memorial donations be made to the Villa Siena Foundation, 1855 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040.

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