Saratoga Springs woman celebrates 107th birthday
A woman in Saratoga Springs celebrated her 107th birthday on Monday.
Elizabeth Sanders Smith – known as “Bet” – was born June 26, 1916, in Syracuse. She is a mother of two, grandmother of five and a great-grandmother of nine.
When she was born, stamps were 2¢. She remembers collecting them. She also remembers the sound of the paperboy.
Bet married a neighbor – Snowdon Smith. He wanted to be an Army pilot.
Snowdon was injured in Pearl Harbor, and had his leg amputated. Their three children adored him even more.
The couple moved out to Cape Cod and opened a shop called The Wildfowler – all about game birds and waterfowl.
They moved to Saratoga Springs in 1980 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Bet loved playing tennis and skiing. She continued downhill skiing until she was 80.
Sadly, Bet’s husband passed away in 2006 at age 90.
Just like her husband, Bet had her own experience with losing a limb. After a lot of pain due to poor circulation, doctors suggested removing her right leg. That was two years ago.
Bet said she never thought she would live this long, but her two daughters are thrilled she’s still around to share this wonderful milestone.
Hear from them – and from Bet as she shares some of her memories – by watching the video of Subrina Dhammi’s story.