She got along with everybody, and I never heard her say anything detrimental to anybody. So she entered the shiny new car — and you guessed it — wrecked. She was one of seven children. Having grown up during the Depression and knowing hard times, Louise used education and her natural curiosity to discover a life other than that offered by her immediate environment. Louise was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, William Hobson Smith, her infant daughter, Selma Louise Dingler Smith, and two sisters Jessie Dingler Boggs Mrs.
Kristin Nicole LeMaitre and her husband Dr. She is survived by her oldest sister, Inez Dingler Criminale Mrs. She could not stand watching the races, so she entered her family's shiny new Ford coupe in the race and rolled it. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. Atlanta's Frank Mundy, who raced against Smith and other female drivers, including Sara Christian and Ethel Mobley, remembered her as a friendly driver who respected her peers on tracks across the country.
Instead, she entered the car in a race and wrecked it. Italics — Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. Unbeknown to her, photos of her crash appeared in newspapers across the country, including the one her husband, Noah Smith, had read. Her smile, her laugh, her wisdom, her selflessness, her love, and the fight in her will truly be missed. The wrecked car was on the front page. A year later, she borrowed her husband's new maroon Ford and said she was going on vacation.
She married William Hobson Smith prior to his deployment to the South Pacific Theater with the U. She sponsored ' Rookie of the Year attempt in 1978. She was a classy and elegant woman. Louise took pride in her home, her family and in her appearance. More than anything, Louise was a true Southerner. Using Smith as a bit of a novelty act, France would send her to Canada and the U. In 1947, she went to watch the beach races at Daytona in her husband's new Ford coupe, but when she arrived, she had to race.
Even when her health began to decline, Louise continued to serve alongside her husband with a sweet smile and a heart of gold. It was the early 1940s. Louise was a longtime member of Greater Progressive Baptist Church. In 1947, she drove her husband's new Ford to Daytona Beach, presumably to watch the races. Harris High School where she met her sweetheart George Andrew Smith. The death of her father required that they return to Alabama where she entered the University of Alabama and received her master's degree in English Literature. Andrew Barker and Melissa Renee LeMaitre.
Her father and brothers were mechanics. In one race her car overturned, a crash that gave her 48 stitches and four pins in her left knee. Smith had battled cancer and been in hospice care, one of her nieces, Dora E. Racing promoter Bill France Sr. Before a race near Greenville, , in 1946, he heard of Louise Smith, a local resident who was famous for outrunning law enforcement on the roads. She never stopped seeking to improve herself and the world and, in the 1970s, she sought and was awarded one of only 100 grants offered nationwide to build one of two solar houses in Alabama which still stands today.
Through the numerous death threats to their home, and the countless times that George was jailed; Louise never let her strength waiver. The race was the first race to feature three female drivers and. Smith was married to the late Noah Smith, a junkyard owner who didn't approve of her job. In 1999, she became the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at Talladega, Ala. But from the moment I hit the race track, it was exactly what I wanted. They married on January 18, 1962 and to this union two children, Ramona and Anthony, were born. When she moved to Mobile in 1962, she taught English at Murphy High School.
She died at age 89 ed: April 15, 2006 , but not before leaving an indelible legacy. For other people named Louise Smith, see. In 1999, she was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega,. Louise's professional life began as a teacher at Cove Elementary School in Panama City, Florida. But after track workers dragged the crumpled heap out of the woods, she climbed inside the door, helmet and goggles on her head, a big smile on her face, and posed for pictures.
Smith was remembered for some spectacular crashes, too. While at Greater Progressive, she served as announcement clerk and a member of the Greater Progressive Baptist Church Mass Choir for over 30 years. She loved her children, adored her grandchildren and kept her great grandchildren close to her heart. He asked about female drivers, and someone mentioned Smith. She raced from 1949 to 1956. And I think I'd make it. Opinions and other content are not necessarily those of editors, sponsors.
She officially retired from all racing activity but helped independent drivers occasionally. On January 18, 2018, Louise was called home to Glory and reunited with her husband George on their wedding anniversary. She worked in various departments within the company; retiring from the Purchasing Department in 2002 after over 30 years of service. Not realizing that the checkered flag meant the end of a race, she kept driving around the track until someone threw out a red flag, forcing her to stop. She won 38 races and had some spectacular crashes, including one in which her car overturned, earning her 48 stitches and four pins in her left knee.