Bethann Candice Radcliffe

Date of Birth

January 1, 1970

Date of Death

January 9, 2013

Bethann Candice Radcliffe (maiden name Beth Ann Smith) died January 9, 2013 as a result of injuries she sustained in a traffic accident on January 2nd in Sebastian, Florida. She was 42.

Bethann was born in 1970 in Long Beach, California. As a young child, her parents (the late Robb R. Smith of Great Falls, Montana and the late Joanne M. Anderson Smith of Joplin, Montana) relocated their family back home to Montana. In Great Falls, Bethann attended Skyline and Riverside Elementary Schools, North Junior High School, and in 1988 she graduated Charles M. Russell High School.

A devoted and loving daughter, Bethann cared extensively for her mother during her mom’s long battle with cancer. Bethann then supported her father after her mother passed away.

Eventually, Bethann went on to earn an Associate’s Degree as a Dental Assistant, and became an accomplished maxio-facial oral surgeon’s assistant, working for years as such in California, Texas and Florida.

In August 1995, Bethann married her soulmate, Air Force Reserve Major and now UPS pilot John Radcliffe. John and Bethann loved life together, and in 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky they were blessed with the birth of their one and only child – a daughter named Giavanna. Bethann – also a very accomplished chef – was a terrific mother and loved her daughter more than anything else. In late 2012, Bethann and her family relocated from Kentucky to Palm Bay on the Space Coast of Florida to be closer to family.

Bethann is survived by her husband, John F. Radcliffe (44) of Palm Bay, Florida, their daughter Giavanna Novella Radcliffe (2), and her brother, Timothy C. Smith (44) of Weinstadt, Germany. She also leaves behind a large circle of extended family and good friends.

A wake for Bethann will be held the evening of January 15th in Melbourne, Florida. Services will be held on January 16th, also in Melbourne. Memorial and donation details will be available Monday afternoon online at

Additional memorial services will be held the following week in Santa Barbara, California.


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