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Marin Independent Journal
Friday, October 4, 1991
Ora C. Smith
Motel and restaurant owner
Ora C. Smith, a longtime Novato resident who owned the Seven Seas Restaurant and the Fireside Motel in Sausalito, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 1991 , at Novato Convalescent Hospital. She was 98.
A native of Valstagna province of Vicenza, Italy, Mrs. Smith came to the states when she was 16.
She and her family came through Ellis Island, traveled across country by train and settled in Santa Barbara. While in Santa Barbara, where she lived three years, she became a cook at a mansion in Montecito.
She married when she was 18. Her husband, Chris Varni, died during a 1918 flu epidemic.
At age 19, Mrs. Smith moved to San Francisco where she was employed as a companion for a prominent San Francisco family.
During the 1930s, she owned and operated the Silver Tone club in the Filmore District of San Francisco. About the same time she bought the business, she married Paul Smith, who died in 1975.
In 1947, she moved to Marin, where she purchased the Fireside Motel and Restaurant in Sausalito and The Fountain Motel.
Mrs. Smith also owned the Seven Seas Restaurant in Sausalito, running the facility and other businesses until age 89.
She was a member of the Bartenders and Culinary Union of Marin.
After the sale of her property, Mrs. Smith moved to Novato.
In addition to her sister, Angela M. Budkousky, she is survived by her niece, Marilyn Lashua of Novato, and other nieces and nephews.
Vigil services will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday at Keatonís Redwood Chapel of Marin in Novato.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Loretto Church, Novato.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.
Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael.
Her family suggests memorial contributions to a favorite charity.
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