The world lost a truly beautiful soul today. Our daughter, Anne, a U.S. Foreign Service
Officer, died in the service of her country as she was traveling with a group to deliver
books to a local school in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan. She joined the Foreign
Service three years ago right out of college and there was no better place for her. Anne
absolutely loved the work she was doing. Her first assignment was in Caracas,
Venezuela. She then volunteered for an assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, which
she began in July, 2012. Working as a public diplomacy officer, she particularly enjoyed
the opportunity to work directly with the Afghan people and was always looking for
opportunities to reach out and help to make a difference in the lives of those living in a
country ravaged by war. We are consoled knowing that she was doing what she loved,
and that she was serving her country by helping to make a positive difference in the
world. She was such a wonderful woman--strong, intelligent, independent, and loving.
Annie, you left us too soon; we love you and we're going to miss you so much.
Tom & Mary Beth Smedinghoff