Loomis Village resident Alice Newton Childs Smith recently celebrated her 100th birthday at a party with friends and family at Loomis Village in South Hadley.
A resident of Holyoke for much of her life, Alice has lived at Loomis Village since 2000.
She attended Northampton School for Girls for one year, winning the freshman math prize, then the Emma Willard School. At Vassar College Alice majored in French. Following graduation she worked for several years in Boston. In 1943, she married Benjamin Childs. They had four daughters and were married 38 years, until his passing in 1981. In June 1993, she married William Smith of Longmeadow, who with his wife, Rosie, was a longtime family friend. Alice is a lifelong member of United Congregational Church of Holyoke.
She has been an active volunteer in her community, serving as honorary co-chair of Holyoke Public Library capital campaign, The Next 100 Years, president of the Holyoke Public Library, director of the Holyoke Medical Center, treasurer of the YWCA, chair of the Hospital Aid Association, founder and second president of the what is now the River Valley Counseling Center, president of the Junior League of Holyoke, and a Girl Scout leader. Since the late 1950s she has been a member of the Thursday Club. In 1976 Alice was honored with the William G. Dwight Award for tireless work and invaluable commitment to the City of Holyoke.
At Alice's birthday party she was presented with a citation from the Massachusetts State Legislature by Representative John Scibak. Bobbie Morkin, pastor and organist of the United Congregational Church of Holyoke, played the piano and led everyone in song.
About The Loomis Communities:
The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.
With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on three campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.
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