Mercedes “Sis” <I>Maria Orcasitas de las Padilla</I> Smith

Mercedes “Sis” Maria Orcasitas de las Padilla Smith

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 19 Jul 2015 (aged 98)
Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 35, Grave 4128
Memorial ID 149831458 · View Source
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Mercedes "Sis" Maria Orcasitas de las Padilla Smith
1917 - 2015

Early Life: Mercedes "Sis" was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Ohio by her father Dr. Alfonzo Maria Padilla and her mother Emily Fowler.
Life’s Work | Service | Interests: In 1942, she married Lt. Col. Al J. G. Smith and for several years, they traveled where the Air Force sent them – countries such as France and Japan. In the winter, she warmed her children’s underwear in the oven, and in spring, she invited gypsy garbage pickers into her home for tea. Her kids were the greatest joy in her life; the loss of her son, Philip, a helicopter pilot KIA in Vietnam, devastated her. After her husband’s retirement, she and Al spent several more years traveling before following their daughter, Alexis, up to Montana in the ’80s. Sis was passionate about literature, especially anything related to English history and royal English lineage. As devoted as she was to family, Sis hated cooking. Her perfect house would have an indoor swimming pool and no kitchen. Sis had two ways of saying what she wanted to say: with a bold and genuine expression of pure love, or with the needling sarcasm of a master crafter of wit and laughter. She adored chocolate, ice cream sundaes, eclairs, red wine, card games and her electric blanket (even in summertime). An adept sleeper, Sis was able to snooze for up to 12 hours at a time. This art was a joy and a panacea. Whenever she was sick, she’d go to bed and stay there until her body had vanquished the disease; a cure that worked on everything from headaches to colds to strokes. Her last words were both a joke and a riddle. “Why am I sleeping?” she said, and then went back to bed. Mercedes "Sis" Maria Orcasitas de las Padilla Smith passed from this life July 19, 2015, in Hamilton, Montana.
Family Message: "It’s more than likely the gods won’t be prepared to handle her. Sis was an exquisite host and a devoted mother and grandmother. She was as sly and classy as they come. Her family will never be the same without her."
Survived By: Ushering her into Elysium are her daughter, Alexis Wagner & son-in-law, Steven James Wilcox, who took care of her in her twilight years; and her grandson, Joshua Philip Wagner; he was her partner in mischief.
Arranged By: Daly-Leach Chapel
Original Obituary Published By:
© Ravalli Republic | Montana | 25 July 2015
Bio compiled by: Annie Duckett Hundley

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  • Created by: Annie Duckett Hundley
  • Added: 26 Jul 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 149831458
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mercedes “Sis” Maria Orcasitas de las Padilla Smith (27 Feb 1917–19 Jul 2015), Find a Grave Memorial no. 149831458, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Annie Duckett Hundley (contributor 47394373) .