Mima J. Smith, 88, 60-year lab tech, assisted in inventing measles vaccine

By on December 17, 2014

Mima J. Smith, 88, of Lititz, passed away peacefully at Manor Care Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Born in Lebanon, Ind., she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Cranford) Coons.

She worked as a lab technician for 60 years with Johnson & Johnson and Merial, Inc. where she retired in 2004. Mima also had the privilege of assisting in the invention of the measles vaccine.

Mima was a loving mother and nana. She was of the Methodist faith and attended the Lititz United Methodist Church.

Mima is survived by her two sons: Russell C. Smith, husband of Christine, of Fairless Hills; and John A. Smith, husband of Karen, of Lititz; six grandchildren: Natalie, Ryan, Matthew, Audrey, Amber, and Alicia; and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her twin sister: Barbara J. Davis, wife of Charles, of San Diego, Calif.

Mima was preceded in death by two siblings: James Coons and Betty Blickenstaff.

Services were held Dec. 15 at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz. Interment followed at Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, Millersville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mima’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.

To send the family an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Arrangements were handled by Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory.

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