Beverly 'Happy' (Saber) Smith Wallis
Beverly 'Happy' Wallis passed away September 20, 2005 at her home in Statesville, NC surrounded by her devoted husband Bill, and her children. The cause of death was breast cancer that had metastasized to the bone.
Happy was born February 25, 1933 and was the only daughter of Tim and Marie Saber. She graduated from Williamsport High School in 1950 and went on to attend Wilson College majoring in Art Education.
After graduation, she taught Art at Friends School in Baltimore until her marriage to Donald Smith in 1955. Together they had five children; Steve, Jeni, Linda, Doug and David. Happy was a stay at home Mom, dedicated to raising her children. After her divorce from Donald, she established herself in the real estate industry in Chambersburg form 1975-1980, and then in Florida from 1980-2000.
In Florida, Happy pursued her two favorite hobbies-golfing and fishing. Everyone, everywhere, was impressed and awed by her gift at both! She shot near-par golf and always came home from fishing with a stringer full of huge fish that didn't stand a chance of getting away.
Happy was reunited with Bill Wallis at her 35th high school reunion at Williamsport High School. They had been good friends and from grade school and soon discovered their true love after reuniting. They spent 19 fabulous years together working and traveling and enjoying their time with family and friends.
Happy's children say 'her love, memory and inspiration will forever be engraved in the hearts of her remaining family and friends.' She raised her kids to be strong, independent, loving individuals of good character and self confidence. She supported and encouraged her kids in all ventures. Mostly, her family and friends will miss her smile, laughter, hugs and kisses. Her husband Bill says, 'God gave me one of the greatest gifts and love that I have ever received. I called her 'Happy."
Happy was preceded in death by her beloved oldest son, Stephen, who passed away in 1995. She is survived by her husband, Bill and her children and their spouses; David and Heather Smith of Murrayville, GA, Doug and Lisa Smith of El Dorado Hills, CA, Linda Smith of Anchorage, AK, Jeni (Smith) and Jim Winegarner of Anchorage, AK, Deborah (Wallis) and Dominic Spano of Louisville, KY and Kellie (Smith) and Pete Fitzsimmons of Broomfield, CO. She is survived by eleven grandchildren; Hunter, Brette and Sierra Winegarner, Coleman and Parker Smith, Stephen and Cheyenne Smith, Madeline and Samantha Spango, Trevor (Smith) and Emily Fitzsimmons. She is also survived by her brother, Jerry Saber and his wife Pat in Chambersburg.
A memorial service will be held in Chambersburg, PA and a graveside service will be held in Williamsport, PA.
Published in The News-Press on Sept. 22, 2005