Gwendolyn Lou Smith, 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, in Palm Springs. She was born to Harry and Edna Laird on Oct. 26, 1927.

Gwen attended Coachella Valley Union High and later attended Woodbury University where she met her beloved husband, Robert. Gwen was an accomplished artist and musician. She volunteered (USO) during WWII. She also volunteered for more than 20 years at local thrift shops. Her 61 years of married bliss resulted in three children. Gwen is survived by her husband, Robert; children Ron, Greg, Terisa and foster son Jim; and grandchildren Diana, Lisa, Paul, Isaac and Erin. Gwen will be greatly missed by family and friends.

A celebration of her life was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Wiefels Palm Springs Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of choice.

“Brighten someone’s day and bring a smile to their face; Gwen would like that,” said her family.