After high school, Alberta worked as a secretary for several companies, including International Film Bureau, for whom she worked for over 20 years.
In 1965, while raising her two children at home, Alberta began offering secretarial services from home for various businessmen. In 1967, she formed ALL Inc. and opened a small basement office in Lisle, Ill. Over the years ALL Inc. grew to a large Main Street storefront, offering office and school supplies, commercial printing, phone answering and secretarial services.
In 1979, after two previous marriages, Alberta met the love of her life, Norman Smith. She and Norm married on Aug. 8, 1981, and in 1983 moved to Fresno, Calif.
Wanting to try something new, Alberta obtained her real estate license and worked for several real estate agencies in Fresno. She started her own real estate company, At Your Service, and continued to sell real estate until her retirement in 1999. Following Norm’s passing in 2002, Alberta moved to Moab, Utah, and then in 2007 to Grand Junction, Colo.
Alberta was always active her entire life. She was involved in local theater, the VFW, Loyal Order of Moose, church choir and The Red Hat Society. She loved to spend time with friends playing cards, bingo or just visiting. She also loved to travel, having in recent years visited Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
Alberta passed away Dec. 27, 2012, at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Grand Junction following a short illness.
Alberta is preceded in death by her husband, Norman W. Smith. She is survived by her son, Randall (Racheal) Martin of Moab, Utah; daughter, Linda Ivnik of Aurora, Ill.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 1326 North First Street, Grand Junction, Colo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado or the American Cancer Society.