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Ailene Rauscher Smith

Ailene F. Rauscher Smith passed away June 18 after a long battle with emphysema.

She was 81.

Mrs. Smith was born in Oakland on Dec. 20, 1938, to Fred and Ada Lopes Rauscher. The family moved to Patterson, where she attended school from kindergarten through graduation from Patterson High.

During her life, she was a waitress, homemaker, office clerk and Tupperware Lady.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Ed; two sons, Leonard Johnson Jr. (Val) and Damon Smith (Laine); two daughters, Trina Morton and Robin Gunzenhauser (Steve); and a sister, Lorene Rogers. “Vava” also leaves behind eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by a sister, Claudine Oversen.

Due to current health concerns, a brief graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, in Hills Ferry Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be directed to: TOSCA, P.O. Box 18, Newman 95360; or a favorite charity.

Hillview Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.