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Ada M. (Brackbill) Smith

July 8, 1931 — April 9, 2022

Don’t walk in front of me, I can’t follow
Don’t walk behind me, I can’t lead
Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Ada Marie (Brackbill) Smith, 90, of Camp Hill, Lower Allen Twp., passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at UPMC Carlisle Hospital.

Born July 8, 1931 to the late Walter K. and Edith C. (Lowery) Brackbill, she was the widow of Glenn E. Smith, formerly of Beavertown, Snyder County, PA.

She is survived by two children – Galen E. Smith and Greg A. Smith (wife, Mary Beth) of Camp Hill. Also, she is survived by two grandchildren – Kelly C. Derr (husband, Kristopher) of York Haven and Steven C. Smith of Camp Hill; a great-granddaughter, Alaina Grace Derr, and great-grandson, Nolan Kristopher Derr. Three sisters survive her – Dorothy J. Hay of Mount Joy, and Janet L. Speese and Doris M. Carruthers, both of Mechanicsburg; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ada enjoyed being with her family for beach vacations and family get togethers.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by daughter, Dawn M. Smith; a brother, William E. Brackbill; and two sisters, Elizabeth G. Minnich and Mildred N. Gray.

Ada was a 1949 graduate of the former Lemoyne High School where she was active in school clubs and the HS band pep squad. After graduation, she held many clerical positions for local business – she was a bookkeeper, accounting assistant and office manager until 2006.

Previously active in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Shiremanstown, where she was a member of the church choir, taught Sunday School, held office in the Luther League and the Mary Alice Jennings church group circles. She was past president of the Shiremanstown Civic Club and Ladies Auxiliary to the Fire Company, and was co-hostess of the 38 Travelers Bus Tour Group. Ada will be missed by family and friends.

Services officiated by Pastor Sarah Keilholtz of St. John’s Lutheran Church will be held at the convenience of the family at Rolling Green Cemetery, Camp Hill. There will be no viewing.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Shiremanstown, in memory of Ada. Additional options would be Penn State Health Children’s Hospital or the Ronald McDonald House, both in Hershey. You may also donate to a charity of your choice.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
But by the moments that take our breath away.
Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal
Love leaves a memory that no one can steal.

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