Amy Nicole Smida, 25
CANFIELD – There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Youngstown for Amy Nicole Smida, 25, who passed away Sunday at University Hospital in Cleveland.
Amy was born Dec. 17, 1979 in Youngstown the daughter of Philip and Peggy (Drake) Smida.
She was a cheerleader at Volney Rogers Junior High before moving to Canfield, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She was a photographer and editor for the yearbook and won the Candace Gay Essay Contest, as well as many journalism awards at the Youngstown State University English Festival. Amy was also a varsity cheerleader at Canfield and studied dance under both Linda Diamond and Gina Cimmento for 13 years.
Ater graduating from Canfield High School in 1998, Amy attended YSU, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in professional writing and editing and a minor in public relations and advertising. At YSU, Amy was a member of the Alpha Delta Sigma Society. She was a media intern at Quaker City Raceway, where she was the publisher of their newsletter, the Quaker City Times. Her love of racing lead her to writing for the International Hot Rod Association's Drag Review Magazine. Amy raced a 1974 Oldmobile Cutlass, winning several local events at Quaker City Raceway and was a part of her brother's racing crew. Both she and her brother attended the Edmond Richardson School of Drag Racing to learn how to drive full size dragsters.
She had worked at her family business, SOS Security Systems and was most recently pursuing an education in alternative and naturopathic medicine and was certified in electro dermal stress testing.
Amy belonged to the American Marketing Association, the American Society for Quality and the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Besides her parents of Canfield, Amy leaves a brother, Philip; paternal grandmother, Guida Craven; maternal grandfather, Lewis Drake; two uncles, Lewis (Joyce) Drake Jr. and Doug (Leilani) Drake; as well as two aunts, Cynthia (Jeff) Snoke and Mary Jean Smida. She also leaves 11 cousins.
Amy was preceded in death by her grandmother, Dorothy Drake; and two uncles, Anthony Dota Jr. and Donald Smida.
Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lane Funeral Home Canfield Chapel.
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