Lida Ann (Mikos) Smith, 85, from Dover, joined the Lord on Thursday August 19, 2021. Lida was a gentle, wise, kind, loving and funny woman. She was born in 1935, in Manhattan, NY, the first child of Anna Czestochowski and Theodore Mikos, an expert mason who worked on many of New York’s iconic buildings. Her brother Edward was born seven years later.
Lida loved life. She danced in the big parades on Fifth Avenue as part of the Youth Club of her Polish community. Later, she paraded in the same parades in the Fife Corps. She fondly remembered the summers on a farm near Blairstown, New Jersey, where her extended family traveled every year to escape the heat of Manhattan’s concrete jungle.
Lida was president of her high school class. She graduated from the Baruch School of Business, City College of New York, with a degree in International Business. After college, she and four girlfriends vacationed on Cape Cod. They were invited to the opening of a new Air Force Officers Club. It was there that she met the love of her life, Lieutenant Kenneth Smith. The two have enjoyed over 62 years of marital bliss. They spent their honeymoon years in Texas and added kids as they traveled the world.
Lida and her family moved to Dover in 1966. In the years that followed, she volunteered tens of thousands of hours with numerous organizations: Holy Cross Church and School, Knights of Columbus , the Colombiettes, the Dover Air Force Base Retirees Office and the Red Hats. She was her husband’s “right hand” as he rose through the ranks of the Knights of Columbus to the height of statewide leadership. She was an inspiration to everyone!
Lida was predeceased by her parents, Anna and Theodore Mikos; by his brother Edward; and by his daughter Kathleen. She is survived by her husband, retired Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Smith; daughter Beth Ann Knight (Patrick and son Matthew); sons Kenneth (Pei and sons Vincent), Michael, Andrew (Denise) and Mark.
Visitations will be held on Wednesday, August 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Home, 1175 S. State St. Dover. The Christian Burial Mass will be offered on Thursday, August 26, at 10 a.m. at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Dover.
Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover.
Memorial donations can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713. Condolences can be made via www.ambruso.com.