After staying in Durban for a while, the family moved to Ladysmith, where Smith’s father had passed away.
The family then moved to Mt Ayliff, before settling in Johannesburg in 1960. There, the family stayed in Noordgesig, before moving to Newclare in the late 1960s.
Her niece, Cynthia Harper, who, with her brother Tony, was adopted by Smith following Cynthia’s father’s death, described her aunt as a passionate dressmaker while they stayed in Noordgesig.
"She was a dressmaker and sewed for the whole community. On Christmas Day, we all looked the same, just different colours.
"Everybody of the same age had the same pattern, and then, after Christmas, we had to go collect the money and then they would say, 'I don’t have money now'."
Smith said others promised to pay her, but they did not.
"That is my mother. She has a good heart. She was good to everybody. She has always been like this. She had four children, but she probably raised 40 more," her daughter, Isabel, 63, said.