Photography: Peter Phun
Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Eddie Dee Smith was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Her family moved to Denver, Colorado and then settled in Riverside in the 1930’s. She began as a volunteer for the Red Cross and served with them for over 30 years. In 1945 she helped found the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church because of a lack of a Sunday school to serve black youngsters in the Rubidoux area. The Smith’s had no children but, “we were godparents of about every child in that church.
Eddie Dee Smith (1910 - 2008)
Eddie Dee has had many opportunities serving in the Rubidoux community. She was a preschool teacher in the Jurupa School District for nine years. She was one of the founding members of the North Rubidoux Women’s Club which sponsored the Rubidoux Senior/Community Center, also a founding member of the Inland Chapter of the Sickle Cell Anemia Association. She formed a Girl Scout troop for black girls. August 1995 the Rubidoux Senior/Community Center was dedicated as the Eddie Dee Smith Senior Center.