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Village Life columnist and senior go-getter Millie Smith died Wednesday, July 30, at age 94.
Smith moved to El Dorado Hills in 1990 and was a steadfast volunteer in the El Dorado Hills community. When the Senior Nutrition Program started serving lunches in 1998, she rolled up her sleeves and began volunteering for the program. For many years Smith volunteered three days a week and cut back to only two days in the last few years.
Smith also coordinated registration for large special events hosted by the Senior Council. She would take more than 150 phone calls at her home from seniors making reservations to attend the annual Valentine, Spring, 4th of July, Oktoberfest and Christmas luncheons. She also obtained volunteers to assist her at the check-in desk for these events. Smith would handle all of the paperwork and would see that all attendees received a ticket for the door prizes. She loved pulling the tickets out of the basket when it came time for the door prize drawings.
Smith served on the Senior Council, an all-volunteer board of seniors that oversaw many senior activities, and acted as a liaison for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District senior programs and El Dorado County Senior Services, from 1995-2006. She also volunteered with the El Dorado Hills Lions Club and every week helped run the Senior Center’s Fun Bingo program for close to 20 years. She was quick to let Senior Center staff know that if they needed help with anything, she would be there.
In mid-2008, Smith added Village Life columnist to her already impressive résumé, taking on Senior News … a much-read column that focused on senior activities in El Dorado Hills and celebrated seniors’ birthdays.
Smith is survived by her three daughters — Carolyn Phipps, Marlene Castro and Joan Hoffmire.