Maple Park resident Tanya Smith, 37, was in Geneva when she answered questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.
Schory: Where did you grow up?
Schory: First job?
Smith: Baby-sitting, and I cleaned dorm rooms at NIU with my mom at cheerleading camp.
Schory: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Smith: A vet because I grew up with horses. I became a marketing professional.
Schory: Favorite charity?
Schory: Favorite local restaurant?
Schory: What is an interesting factoid about yourself?
Smith: I was widowed at 26. I had been married only a year and three months, but we had been together seven years. He had been stung [by a bee] too many times, and it put his body into anaphylactic shock. He was stung at the back of the neck and that gets into your blood stream so much quicker. He was an organ donor and helped six other people live, so I blog and write about it all. My blog is called A Widow’s World. And I serve on the Hope for Widows Foundation board as their creative director. We have a private website where widows can connect with women who live close to them.