Anne Ripley Smith was referred to by Bill Wilson, as “the mother of of our first group in Akron. She was a woman who possessed a deep faith in God and unwavering love for those who suffer.
Anne was born March 3, 1881 in Oak Park, Illinois, and was one of four children.
On January 25, 1915 Anne and Dr. Bob were married in the home of her mother, after a 17 year courtship.
There seems to have been one underlying theme to the life of Anne Smith and that was love. Love for God and her fellows. She worked tirelessly with many alcoholics, their wives, and families. Her life was an example of faith at work.