Picnics "Pie Lady" Leaves a Legacy

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Minnie Ann Smith, Asheville's beloved "Pie Lady" at Picnics Restaurant and Bake Shop located in Asheville, NC, passed away Friday, October 9, 2009. Minnie, in her career, hand-rolled over 50,000 pies and was featured in Our State magazine and on Rachel Ray.

Minnie Ann Smith, Asheville's beloved Pie Lady at Picnics Restaurant and Bake Shop, passed away Friday, October 9, 2009. She is survived by son Ron Smith, daughter Carole von Berger, grandchildren Ingrid Hummel and Erich von Berger, and newborn great-granddaughter Adyson Lynn Hummel.

Vibrant and amazingly hard-working at age 89, Minnie lived her dream until her last days. She was a diamond in the Asheville community and the world, and cherished sharing her delicious hand-rolled pies, her passion for living, and her love with everyone she met. She made over 50 thousand pies for her extended family of customers and friends over the 14 years of running Picnics alongside her son Ron since 1995. She always reminded us all that 'It's fruit pie, Dolly, it's good for you!'

Minnie's talents were showcased in numerous articles and venues such as Our State magazine as well as television shows like Rachel Ray.

Minnie will be laid to rest with her family in Gary, Indiana on Thursday, October 15.

The Picnics crew continues to celebrate Minnie's life and vision as manifested by the restaurant, and invites you to a special Celebration of Life to honor Minnie Smith on Friday, October 23, from 6 to 8 pm at Picnics Restaurant, 371 Merrimon Avenue. Please come to this Open House to tell stories, to laugh and share our love for Minnie, and to have a toast and a slice of pie!

Minnie will be laid to rest on Thursday, October 15 in Gary, IN in a family service in celebration of her life. Calumet Park Funeral Home in Merrillville, IN will oversee the arrangements.


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