Obituary for Charlotte Mary Smith
Charlotte Mary Smith passed away on March 2, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.
Charlotte was born in Columbus, Nebraska in 1925 and moved to Las Vegas when she was 5 years old. Her family moved to Nevada during the Depression as her father was to work on the construction of Hoover Dam in order to feed his family. She attended school in Las Vegas and after graduation from high school decided to work for Manganese Ore, a defense plant in Henderson, Nevada. It was in the middle of World War II and her 3 brothers had enlisted to defend the United States. She worked there as a secretary until the end of the war.
After the war ended, she became the secretary to the President of the Bank of Nevada and it was there she met her future husband, Arthur M. Smith, Jr. Art was a Navy pilot and after the war he started his career as an entry level officer at the Bank of Nevada. He later he became President and CEO of that bank. They married shortly after he came to Las Vegas and had 4 children, Barbara, Debbie, Matt and Blake. After Barbara was born she was very fortunate and happy to become the "Managing Director" of their home while Art ran the bank.
In l967, Art became the Chairman of the Board and CEO of First National Bank of Nevada, which was headquartered in Reno. It was then they moved to Reno. Today we know First National Bank as Wells Fargo Bank. Art enjoyed being appointed to many Board and Director positions, one of which was Director of Master Card International. In his capacity on that board Art and Charlotte enjoyed many international travels to Asia and Europe attending board meetings.
Art and Charlotte loved to travel and spent 6 summer vacations in Switzerland which was their favorite foreign destination. Stateside they loved Montana and they spent many summers with family friends in Yellowstone and on Flathead Lake. Charlotte still loved to travel after the passing of Art and her children used to kid her that she always had a bag packed ready to go. All she needed was the destination and the airline tickets.
Charlotte enjoyed supporting the community in which she lived. She was one of the founding members of KNPB-Public Television, a founding member of Assistance League of Nevada, a board member of Sierra Stars, a member of Junior League of Reno and had volunteered on various other projects.
Her most treasured moments in life were spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There was never a time that her thoughts were not totally focused on the needs of her family.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband Arthur M. Smith Jr. in l999, and she is survived by her four children, Barbara Smith Campbell (Donald Cassidy MD), Debbie Castello (Victor), Arthur Matt Smith III and G. Blake Smith (Ruth) 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
At the request of Charlotte, a private service will be held. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Carmel of Reno, 1950 La Fond Dr., Reno, Nevada 89509.
You are invited to share a memory or condolence message in Charlotte's Book of Memories at www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com.