Alden Smith Shriver of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania formerly of Hot Springs, Virginia went to be with the Lord on October 23, 2023, at her home in Pittsburgh. She was born on June 12, 1931, a beloved daughter of Abigail Guthrie Smith and Robert W. Smith Jr. of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Alden attended the Greensburg public schools through 8th grade. She went to Winchester Thurston School for a year and then attended and graduated in 1949 from Chatham Hall in Danville, Virginia. She graduated from Smith College with a BA in Theater in 1953. While in college, she did summer stock as a member of the groundbreaking Group 20 Players. After graduation, she worked at WQED, which was just beginning as a public broadcasting station in Pittsburgh.

She married her husband, B. R. (Randy) Shriver Jr. in 1954. They had been married for 59 years at the time of his death in 2013. They shared three children, Anne Shriver Wagner (Gregory), B. R. (Beaver) Shriver III (Erin) and Robert S. Shriver (Connie), 10 grandchildren (Greg Jr., Kristen, Shannon, Tim, Guthrie, Christian, Jack, Henry, Vivienne, and Ana) and 2 great grandchildren (Alex and Will).

As a young mother, she and several friends founded a prayer group which met every Friday for over 50 years. Alden was an active wife and mom; she was the president of the Mother’s Association at Fox Chapel Country Day School and even wrote the school song! She was there for every golf match, school activity, hockey, and baseball game as well as on moving day or to help plan a wedding or rock a colicky baby.

Alden was a gifted pianist who used her talent to teach, entertain and above all worship her precious Lord Jesus. She wrote many songs of praise and prayer. As an avid outdoors person, she walked/hiked for miles, studying birds and wildflowers.

Alden and Randy moved to Hot Springs, VA in retirement and she volunteered her time and talents there as well.  She joined the Hot Springs Fire Department Auxiliary, participated in the Warm Springs Garden Club, did a little clogging, and started a Bible Study! She also volunteered at the Springs Nursing Home as a music therapist.

Upon Randy’s death, Alden moved back to Pittsburgh. She lived at Country Meadows in South Fayette Township for 10 years where she had a fulfilling life. She was able to participate as a volunteer; playing the piano, leading a bible study, and teaching friends to play bridge! The caring staff there became like family.

She belonged to The Homestead Golf and Tennis Club. She was a former member of the Fox Chapel Golf Club and The Tuesday Musical Club.

She is survived by her dearly loved younger sister, Susan Smith Rosenthal (Stephen), her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service at the Warm Springs Cemetery at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 27, 2023, with Pastor Steve Shaver officiating.

Donations can be made in Alden’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.


  1. Rob and Family,

    So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. My Mom and your Mom learned to clog together at classes taught by Jackie Plecker many years ago.

    • We are so saddened by the loss of your dear Mother.
      Alden was loved by everybody, she was so loving and talented, what a loss!
      Surely she is now happy to be reunited with her husband.
      Prayers and condolences.
      Hella and Cecil

  2. I know that she will be greatly missed. Prayers for peace and comfort at this time. God Bless.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of Sweet Alden’s passing. She was always so sweet to me and I will remember all the Ladies Prayer Weekends I attended at her home in Hot Springs. I am so sorry for the Family’s loss and I will be praying for you all. God Bless, Carla Sue Chestnut

  4. I am so sorry to learn of Alden’s passing. She and Randy brought so much energy to our Guthrie gatherings, and she always brought back such fun memories of her mom, my great Aunt Abby. Sending love to Susan and all the Shrivers. May all the good memories bring you comfort as you grieve the loss of this wonderful woman.

  5. Sorry to hear about her passing I remember her from clogging and as faithful volunteer at the Springs Nursing Home. She was a wonderful lady.

  6. Just found out about my God mother’s passing. I am sorry. She always remembered me at Christmas and Birthdays. Will always miss her.


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