It is with profound sadness that we bid farewell to Judith Grace Smith, who peacefully transitioned from this world on November 5, 2023, at Lorien Nursing Home in Bel Air, Maryland. Born on July 7, 1940, in the heart of Baltimore City to the late Archie and Mabel (Ferebee) Smith, Judith's journey was one of resilience, courage, and unwavering determination.
Judith's life unfolded against the backdrop of Maryland, from the close-knit neighborhoods of Baltimore City to the charming town of Bel Air, where she spent her later years. A resolute educator, she poured her passion into shaping young minds as a teacher at Harlem Park Elementary and Middle School in Baltimore City. Her commitment to personal growth led her to earn a master’s as a Reading Specialist from Loyola University, exemplifying her belief in becoming the best version of oneself. Judith's dedication to learning continued through ongoing education at both Morgan State University and Towson State University. In 1995, Judith's illustrious career met an unexpected halt due to a debilitating automobile accident, compelling her to retire after 30 plus years of devoted service.
Beyond the classroom, Judith reveled in the joy of hobbies. Finding joy in decorating, her home reflected her vibrant spirit adorned with butterflies, giraffes, snowmen, and holiday collectibles. A skilled seamstress, her love for sewing transcended personal joy, as she organized fashion shows at her former school, highlighting her distinctive style. Judith's zest for life manifested in her love for travel, exploring exotic corners of the world, and sharing her angelic voice as a valued member of the Central Baptist Church choir, in Baltimore City.
Judith's deep love for family and friends defined her existence. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Johnson; nieces Tannes Johnson and Andrea Bryant; nephews Vance Bryant and Kevin Bryant; great-nephews Ian Johnson and Jair Abdullah; great-niece Sakinah Abdullah; niece-in-law Toni Johnson; close friends James Capers, Patricia McClintock, Marian Beasley, Priscilla Tilley-Nelson, Ellen Diggs, and Bertha Haywood; special friends Walt and Carol Srnec, along with a multitude of other cherished family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Judith is preceded in death by her sister, Delores Bryant, brother-in-law Jasper E. Johnson Jr., and nephew, Jasper E. Johnson III.
May Judith’s soul find eternal peace, leaving behind a legacy of love, strength, and compassion that will forever resonate in the hearts of those who were touched by her remarkable presence.