Ingeborg Elfrieda (Gobel) Smith past away on December 6, 2013 of ‘natural causes’. She was 87.
Ingeborg was born in Berlin, Germany on December 5, 1926 to Karl Ferdinand Gobel and Friedel (Wirsing) Gobel.
Ingeborg had a comfortable childhood. But in her adolescent and teen years witnessed the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. In 1948, she met Milton D. Smith of Washington DC, who after serving in the Pacific Campaign, continued his service during the reconstruction and organization of the American Sector of Berlin. Ingeborg volunteered at a center for orphaned children. It was there that she met Milton, who also volunteered as an entertainer. They were married in September of 1949 and Milton brought her to the United States to live in Washington DC. Ingeborg was naturalized a US citizen in 1950.
Over the next eight years, Ingeborg gave birth to four children. After her husband Milton gained a government position with the FAA, the family moved to the Atlantic City, NJ area in 1959. After legalized gambling came to Atlantic City. Ingeborg gladly left the area in 1979 to join two of her children in Dallas, Oregon. Having been a ‘big city girl’ all of her life, she found a new love and comfort in a small town and began having the best years of her life. With three of her four children nearby and one not so far in California, she was able to watch her children have their own children. Her nearly 35 years in Dallas found Ingeborg the matriarch of quite a clan.
Ingeborg is survived by her four children, Milton Smith Jr. of Petaluma, CA, Michael Gobel Smith, Mariane Smith and Inga Stough, all from Oregon, 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Ingeborg will surely be remembered for her kindness, honesty, generosity and humble, yet saint-like demeanor. She was adored by so many and left nothing but the sweetest impression and memories on everyone who knew her.
Since Ingeborg chose cremation, a prompt funeral during the winter and holiday season is not scheduled. Instead, the family has chosen a ‘celebration of life’ on Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014 when the entire family can attend amidst springtime glory during Ingeborg’s favorite month. The Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family.