Edith “Wild Woman” Smith

Edith Smith, The Wild Woman of Trace Creek

Edith Smith, The Wild Woman of Trace Creek.

Vivian Edith Booth Smith (The Wild Woman of Trace Creek), 96, of Vanceburg, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, after a brief illness.

Edith was born in Ironto, Virginia, January 8, 1920, to the late William “Pete” and Ocie Ella Poff Booth.

Edith was a nature specialist for the Girl Scouts and was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in 2003. She has served as the manager of an apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio, and had worked as a power machine operator, construction worker, and homemaker.

Edith had been affiliated with Glenmary Home Missioners in Lewis County since 1989 having hosted more than 11,000 first-time visitors from The Farm.

In addition to her parents, Edith was preceded in death her husband, Lloyd E. Smith, in December 1982; a friend and companion, Arthur G. Lewis, in 1993; five brothers; and a grandson, Michael Shelley.

Survivors include two daughters, Eda Marie (Pat) Gebell of Tucson, Arizona, and Mary Ellen (Oscar) Shelley of Cincinnati; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Vivian Edith Smith

Vivian Edith Smith

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 7, 2016, at Gaydos Funeral Home, 159 Second Street in Vanceburg, with Bro. Chris Lawhun officiating. Burial will follow in Howard Cemetery at Tannery.

Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. until the hour of services Friday at Gaydos Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jim Clary, David Clary, Hawke Berwanger, Zach Walters, David Dehart, Brad Forste, Oscar Shelley, and Tony Shelley.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gaydosfh.com.