Danielle Helene Smith
Danielle Helene Smith passed away at home on August 31, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones.
Danielle was a resident of the world. Born in Paris on March 3, 1936 to Simone and Charles Josef Szekely, she lived in Paris and then Morocco where she met and married U.S.A.F. member, Paul Porter. They were stationed in Chateau Roux, France where their son DeeVee was born. They moved to Imperial Valley and Riverside, CA where their daughters, Catherine Porter and Lisa Hacker were born. After the dissolution of their marriage, Danielle moved back to San Diego and attended San Diego State University. She then continued on to Seville, Spain to study Spanish. She finally settled in Wasilla, Alaska in 1988 where she married CMST, U.S.A.F., ret, Frazier B. Smith. Danielle had a beautiful soprano voice and was a key member of the Valley Community and Sacred Heart Catholic Church choir for over 34 years. An avid hiker, Danielle’s accomplishments included the Grand Canyon and the Chilkoot Trail, as well as many wonderful hikes at Hatcher Pass and throughout Alaska. She was also passionate about racquetball and won a State Championship.
Danielle was preceded in death by her husband, Frazier Smith.
She leaves behind her children, DeeVee Porter, Catherine Porter, Lisa and her husband, James Hacker; sisters Michele Szekely, Jacqueline Hagan and Monique Pegg; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews as well as her beloved fur babies Sadie, Baby Girl, I.C.B. and Cody.
A service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wasilla, on September 20, 2019 at 2:00pm in the afternoon, followed by a reception at 3:00pm at Settlers Bay Lodge.