A wonderful person and someone who will be dearly missed, that is how the community of Portland is remembering a well known elementary school teacher who passed away following a battle with cancer.
40 year old Elke Johnson Smith was a teacher at East Cliff Elementary. Students made a makeshift memorial in front of the school where they left flowers and messages. Johnson-Smith taught kindergarten and even held the title of teacher of the year. Funeral services were held Sunday in Aransas Pass as family, friends and student said their final goodbyes by releasing pink balloons.