Dawna laVern Smith
Monday , December 17, 2012 - 10:54 AM
Dawna LaVern Smith of West Point celebrated her 80th birthday with her family at the Olive Garden in Layton on Dec. 14.
She was born Dec. 14, 1932, in West Point to John Virgil Flint and Myrtle Criddle. She lived most of her life between West Point and Syracuse.
Her husband is Carl Nile Smith. They have been married for 62 years.
She has been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life and has enjoyed the callings she held. She supported her sons to become Eagle Scouts and serve LDS missions: Vern Smith, Jay Smith and Travis Smith. She has also been a friend to her daughter Janet Raspberry. She has 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In 1976, the family moved to Battle Creek, Mich., for five years. Later they moved to Dayton, Ohio, for six years because of a work-related position. She says that living in these places brought many rewarding experiences in her life and enhanced her love for travel. She has been to many parts of the United States and Africa. She and her husband served an 18-month mission in Trinidad, West Indies, adding lifetime friends along the way.
She worked part time at R.C. Willey Home Furnishings. After her children were grown, she worked at Syracuse Elementary School as a cook. However, she says her most fulfilling job was raising her family and being there for them. She also says her greatest joy is having her family around her and showing them her love. She enjoys reading, family history, cultural events and serving others.