Emmie F. Smith, 70, a retired social worker at Family and Child Services of D.C. who was active in church organizations, died of septicemia Nov. 19 at the Carriage Hill nursing home in Arlington.
Mrs. Smith, who lived in Washington until moving to Carriage Hill four years ago, was born in South Carolina. She grew up here and graduated from Armstrong High School, the old Miner Normal School and Howard University.
She was a teacher in Florida until the 1940s, when she returned here to take a master's degree in social work at Howard. She went to work at Family and Child Services about 1949. She retired in 1974.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Third Baptist Church, where she was superintendent of the Sunday School and active in numerous other groups. She was a past president of the Golden Rule Christian Endeavor Union and a trustee of the International Society of Christian Endeavor.
She also was a member of the Urban League, the NAACP, the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., the Women's Auxiliary of Howard University and the volunteer services staff of Howard University Hospital, the National Association of Social Workers and the advisory board of the D.C. section of the Salvation Army.
Survivors include her husband, William H. (Billy) Smith Jr., and a sister, Vivian Adams, both of Washington.