Lynn A. (Higginbotham) Smith, age 67 of Rt. 1, (Wilson Ridge Road) Thornton, WV passed away Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Grafton City Hospital.
She was born December 6, 1945 in South Charleston, WV daughter of the late Frank Benjamin Higginbotham, Jr. and Oleta Verne (Simpson) Higginbotham.
She is survived by two children, Christopher W. Smith and wife Belinda and Amanda Eliese Stolzenfels and husband Jesse, both of Grafton; two grandchildren, Trevor W. Smith and Madison E. Smith, both of Grafton; one brother, David M. Higginbotham of South Charleston, WV; also survived by several cousins; and her great aunt and uncle, Ruth and Eugene Simpson of Williamsburg, VA.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William L. Smith who passed away December 21, 2011 and grandmother, Ruby Adele Simpson.
Lynn achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Charleston and Master of Arts degrees from West Virginia University including: Secondary Education, Reading, English, Special Education, and Russian. She previously taught college courses at Radford University and translated books into the Russian language for students at West Virginia University. Lynn then taught special education classes for many years and was currently teaching 8th grade Reading and Language Arts in the Taylor County School System where she had been a teacher for 33 years.
She was a member of the teacher sorority Alpha Delta Kappa, WVU Alumni, and Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Grafton. Lynn served on numerous committees at Taylor County Middle School and was the founder and sponsor of the school newspaper, “Devil’s Digest” at Grafton Middle School and the “Knightly News” at Taylor County Middle School. She was a 4-H Leader, pianist for the All-County Chorus for 14 years, children’s musical play director at the Good Shepherd Church, and an avid WVU Mountaineer fan.
Lynn was very devoted to the school system of Taylor County and always took extra effort and time to make a difference in children’s lives. She was a recipient of many teaching awards such as: Teacher of the Year, Exceptional Teacher Award, Homer Hickam Award, and many others. She wrote and received numerous grants for Taylor County Middle School.
Although her battle with health problems started when she was only 28 years old and was faced with ovarian cancer, she never let that deter her from doing what she loved to do. Kids and education were most important to her whether it be her own children, grandchildren, or students. Never wanting to give up, her strength was an inspiration to anyone who knew her. Though she will be sadly missed, she will be forever in our hearts.
The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home in Grafton on Thursday, April 18th from 3:00-8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will follow at the Smith Family Cemetery on Wilson Ridge in Thornton, WV.
Online condolences: www.donaldgfordfuneralhome.com