LIMA — Martha June Ayers Smith is celebrating her 90th birthday.
She was born Jan. 22, 1926, in Lima, to Leo and Elizabeth Ayers. On June 7, 1946, she married Jack Edward Smith, who died Aug. 19, 1990.
She has five children, Nancy Louise Smith (James) Prorok, Sue Ellen Smith, Kenneth Dean Smith, Carl David Smith and Sheila Stemen Smith, all of Lima. She has two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Upon graduating from Central High School in Lima, she worked in the office at Shook Mosier Laundry where she met her future husband. She also worked at Artkraft Company of Lima, a neon manufacturer.
She has a beautiful voice and loves to sing. Her signature song is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Favorite artists include Nat King Cole, the Mills Brothers, Dinah Shore and Judy Garland. She is always urging people around her to dance “all night,” as the song goes, and she’s been known to cut a rug herself. She has a wonderful laugh, a sweet smile and cracks jokes (sometimes salty) all the time. She is known for her cooking and one-of-a-kind handwriting. She devoted her life to raising her children and her grandchildren and is loved by many people for her kindness and hilarious remarks. Her youngest son, Carl, has documented all of her funny stories, and they remain staples of the Smith family humor.