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Ida M. Smith, age 93, formerly of Hockessin, passed away on July 25, 2012 at her residence in Long Neck, DE. She was also a former resident of the Hale-Byrnes House in Christiana for ten years.

Ida was a beloved employee of Sanford School for over 30 years including her caring for the founder of the school, Eleanor Sawin. She enjoyed antiquing and was proud of her several special collections. Ida relished the sun and her time at the beach. She especially enjoyed her time in Disney World with her family which was the most important thing in her world.

She is survived by her son Charles S. Smith, Jr. and his wife Joan of Long Neck; daughter, Jane Biehn and her husband Robert of Hockessin; son Robert Smith and his wife Marilyn of Millsboro; daughter Barbara Fischer and her husband Stephen of Cape May, NJ; daughter Carol Paloni and her late husband Nazzareno of Asheville, NC; daughter Susan Gressick and her husband Larry of Grove City, OH; daughter Sandra Boucher and her husband David of Malvern, PA; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and her special friends, Bill Sawin and Marnie Langerak.

Ida's family would especially like to thank her loving caregivers, Sophie Dear and Jerusha Yarsiah.

Friends and family may visit from 7 to 9 pm on Monday July 30, 2012 at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Tuesday morning at the funeral home followed by interment at Grace Episcopal Cemetery, Concord Pike, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in honor of Ida's great-granddaughter, Mallory, to the Delaware Valley Chapter, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, attn: Great Strides – Movin' for Mallory, 2004 Sproul Road, Suite 208, Broomall, PA 19008.