Trudy Smida, 1952-2009, passed away in Vail |

Trudy Smida, 1952-2009, passed away in Vail

Vail Daily
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyTrudy Smida

VAIL, Colorado – Trudy Smida, 57, passed away peacefully in Vail on Monday.

Born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Lydia Schmidt and Jarvis Jordan, Smida was the seventh of eight siblings. She spent most of her life lovingly raising her four daughters and studying the sciences.

Her passion was archaeology and she became an expert in her knowledge of ancient Chinese jade. She was the founder and director for the Florida World Museum of Natural History and she completed her bachelors degree in anthropology with a specialization in archaeology from the University of Florida, graduating with anthropology honors lambda alpha.

Disney World was her laughing place where she often brought her family. Her unique laugh brought joy to those around her.

Smida was an inspiration to all and known for her incredible natural beauty, kindness, strength, patience and bravery.

Smida is survived by her daughters, Amanda Elizabeth Alexandrakis, Tabitha Christine, Kimber Ann and Corinne Marie Elmore; grandson George Eric Jordan Alexandrakis; and her dog, Brown Dog.

“I love you Trudy, I Trudy do.”

A graveside ceremony is planned for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Riverview Cemetery in Minturn.

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