Fern B. Smith, 97, of Lebanon, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2022, at Spang Crest Manor.

She was born on Wednesday, September 9, 1925, to the late Howard J. Copenhaver and Florence E. Copenhaver nee Root in Heidelberg Township, Pennsylvania.

She was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and an active member of the River of Life Church in Lebanon. Fern enjoyed her younger years traveling through Europe, visiting Italy, Germany, and Austria with her lifelong best friend, Kathy. She also spent 30 years organizing monthly dinners and get-together events for her close circle of friends to enjoy. Before her retirement, Fern worked as a Supervisor at the Veterans Medical Center in the food service department.

Surviving is daughters Lori A. Hainly (Elwood), Donna K. Houser (William); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Dennis Cophenhaver (Gloria); as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended church family.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Robert D. Smith; daughters Sharon Jack and Sandra J. Copenhaver; siblings Owen Copenhaver, Perry Copenhaver, June Wolfe, Carolyn Hartranft, Franklin Copenhaver, and Verna Maine.

Evening visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Christman’s Funeral Home, Inc., 226 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2022, at the River of Life Church, 825 N. 7th Street, Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17046. Viewing will begin at 10:00 am, followed by the service at 11:00 am. Burial will take place at Heidelberg Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Schaefferstown, following the service.

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