Amelia Rawding Smith


Amelia Rawding Smith, 101, a former Hoquiam and Westport resident, passed away at Polidori Hospice House in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, on February 7, 2013. Amelia was born on June 23, 1911, in Kaylor, South Dakota to Andrew and Elizabeth (Pastain) Schuler.

On February 25, 1928, Amelia married William (Bill) Rawding in White River, S.D. and they had four daughters. In 1934, Bill and Amelia moved west, first to the Olympia area then to Hoquiam, where Bill was a commercial fisherman and Amelia worked at the family owned Riverside Grocery. In 1951, they moved to Westport, where she worked for many years at Sourdough Lil’s. Amelia and Bill became snowbirds in the mid-1960s and settled in Bouse, Ariz. along with several of their Westport and Grayland friends.

Bill passed away in 1987 and Amelia later married Dean Smith. He preceded her in death in 2005. She was also preceded by her parents; brothers, Oscar, Ben and Reinhold Schuler; and daughter, Carole Knopski.

Amelia is survived by her daughters, Ramona (Irp) Herrmann of McCleary, Allene Seyler of Salem, Ore. and Anita Pac of Milton, Wash., and their families.