Gillian L. Smith

Gillian Louise Smith, age 74, after a hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s Disease for 25 years, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2022, in Birmingham, AL. Gillian was born March 28, 1948, in Isleworth, England to Claude and Irene Dowell. 

Gillian was a TWA and British Airways attendant where she met her husband Donald, later becoming a mother and moving to the states. She became an American citizen September 27, 1996, and later received a Master Gardener certificate from The University of Illinois as she had a passion for gardening. She was an incredible quilter and seamstress who loved dogs, painting, and spending time with her grandchildren. 

She is survived by husband, Donald R. Smith; daughter Melissa (Scott) Howard; and her grandchildren, Ella and Miles Howard of Hoover, AL; son, Weston Smith of Atlanta, GA; and her brother, Michael (Gilly) Dowell of Hatfield Broad Oak, England.

In keeping with Gillian’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. There will be a private wake with immediate family to remember and celebrate her life, and her remains will be spread at a later date in Illinois and England as she had wished. 

In lieu of flowers and funeral services, donations may be made in her honor to The Parkinson’s Association to help spread awareness and research towards a cure.