Mary Elizabeth Smith

September 22, 1925 - April 17, 2012
Mary Elizabeth Smith

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Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Smith, 86, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2012 in Williamsburg, VA. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, Howard Marston Smith, Jr. Betty was born in Syracuse, NY but eventually moved to Williamsburg in 1950 to be with her husband, a Professor of Kinesiology and Department Chairman for 28 years at the College of William and Mary. Betty was active in the Green Spring Garden Club, the College of William and Mary Womenís Club, and a member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church. She will be greatly missed by her daughter Sharon Smith Lehman (Stephen), and two sons Marston Humbert Smith and Howard Franklin Smith. She leaves behind two grandchildren, Matthew Stephen Lehman (June) and Stephanie Elizabeth Lehman and a 6 month old great-granddaughter Sally Harper Lehman. Betty was a kind, patient, loving woman who devoted her life to taking care of her family. She will finally be at peace with her husband.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA with a reception to follow. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, she asked that contributions be sent to the Howard and Betty Smith scholarship fund, College of William and Mary, Department of Kinesiology, 251 Ukrops Way, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or to the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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Friday, April 20, 2012
12:00 AM

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500 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • April 22, 2012
    Bob & Betty Squatriglia says:
    Betty and Howard Smith touched the lives of so many and were role models of devotion and service.They made Williamsburg a special place in all of our lives.

  • November 18, 2013
    Mary Humbert-Burghardt says:
    I was very sad to hear about Aunt Betty's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  • April 20, 2012
    Phoebe and Rae Harcum says:
    Our sincere sympathy to your family in this time of loss. We regret that we were unable to be with you today. We remember so many wonderful times with Betty in younger days.--College events, bridge, just fun times with friends with Betty as the hostess. And of course our church. Blessings to all and Love for your future. Phoebe