A well-known Grantsville woman, Elizabeth Anne Barnes Smith, passed November 29 from what the family says was "an all-too-brief fight" with pancreatic cancer.

She was described by family members as, "a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a dedicated educator," but will also be remembered by the community for her up-beat attitude and spirit of hope and encouragement.

While she might never have read or used Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's "Power of Positive Thinking," she was human incarnate of his vision for living.

Missed will be her ability to lift the spirits of community members, even with a brief encounter, and her dedication to causes in which she believed.

Anne was a Shining Star.

Her most fulfilling and rewarding years were spent teaching children as a para-professional with the Calhoun County Board of Education until she retired eight years ago.

Anne spent much of her spare time with the Red Hat Society, children's charities such as the Christmas Connection and the Gabriel Project.

She was the daughter of the late Calhoun educator Fred Barnes and Eleanor Gainer Barnes, who also maintained an exuberant attitude toward life.

She was cremated at her request.

There will be a "Celebration of Life" held at the Calhoun Senior Center from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 23, to wish a fond "aloha" to Anne.

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