Elisabeth G. Smith, 72, of Rink Street, Morganton, NC died Saturday, April 19, 2008 at College Pines Nursing Center in Valdese, NC. Born in Czechoslovakia on December 18, 1935, she was the daughter of Herman and Josephine Grasser Gietzkovsky.Elisabeth is survived by a son, Donald R. Smith, Jr. of Morganton; daughter, Betty McNeill and husband, Brad, and Anita Searcy and husband, Jesse Dean, all of Morganton; sisters, Elfriede G. Case of Morganton and Marget Grossman of Germany; brother, Kurt Gietzkovsky and Herbert Gietzkovsky, both of Germany; grandchildren, Brentley McNeill, Brianna Powell, and Jesse Tyler Searcy, all of Morganton; a great-grandchild, Blase Daniel Powell; a niece, Elizabeth Case Watson of Boone, NC; and a nephew, David Case of Morganton.The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at Oak Hill United Methodist Church with Reverends Mark Denton and April Abernethy officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. At other times the family will be at the residence, 206 Rink Street, Morganton, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2239 NC 181, Morganton, NC 28655.

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