Hospitable Bay Area Hospital is hosting a celebration on Wednesday celebrating the life and work of the founder of the Bay Area’s oldest hospice, Elizabeth “Sally” Smith.
In the video posted by the hospice’s Facebook page, Smith, who died on May 13, will appear in a black dress, flanked by two of her children, a baby, and a cat.
“It’s a beautiful day.
I’m happy to be back in the Bay and to have a great family reunion,” Smith said in the video, which was shared nearly 1,000 times on social media.
Smith was born on April 15, 1911, in the home of her grandparents in San Francisco, and grew up in a family of artists and social workers.
She worked in the community as a housekeeper, and when she was about 19, she left home to go to medical school at Stanford.
She enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, which she passed with honors in 1947.
Her career as a psychiatrist was brief, however, as she left the medical profession in 1958 to become a nurse practitioner.
She worked in nursing homes, clinics and hospice facilities, eventually retiring as the president of Bay Area Hospice, which is now the largest community hospice in the United States.
Sally Smith in the 1960s.
Her husband, Edward Smith, a civil engineer and former state legislator, died in 2002.
She was 89.
The couple also raised their children in the San Francisco area, and in 2011, they were awarded a $10 million gift from the California Health Foundation.
They moved to the Bay area in 2014.
The hospice is home to more than 600 patients, including children, and employs a team of four caregivers.