Shirley Anne Smith died Feb. 11. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gerald Smith and her three children, Nathan Smith, Matthew Smith, Anne Smith and five grandchildren.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah, major in English, minor in art. She was an award-winning, experienced, creative editor and journalist. Skills also included writing, community relations and public speaking.
She was a reporter and editor for the South Suburban Sentinel newspaper, Littleton Sentinel Independent newspaper, Get up and Go magazine (formerly Beacon Review newspaper) and The Villager newspaper.
She was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 1987, received two National Mature Media Awards, awards from the Colorado Press Association, the Colorado Society of Professional Journalist, National Federation of Press Women and Colorado Press Women state sweepstakes winner.
She won more than 30 awards from Colorado Press Women, including first place honors in feature, interview, news, play review, book review, editorials, columns and special supplements.
In the community she was on the Volunteers of America Centennial committee, National Press Foundation, AARP Fellowship in Washington D.C., board member of Denver Women’s Press Club and Salute to Seniors event.
She lived in Littleton for 50 years.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m., at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 1401 E. Dry Creek Road, Centennial.
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