Hallis Dianne Smith
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Virginia Beach - Hallis "Holly" Dianne Smith, 60, passed away on August 24, 2013 after a brief but courageous fight with cancer. Holly was a loving and compassionate wife, mother, and grandmother, a devoted sister, a friend beyond compare, and the teacher/mentor we could only hope for as kids. She was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota to the late Leroy (Skeets) Gaddie and June Cook Gaddie. Holly was an active member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church serving both as a Lector and Minister of Holy Communion.
Holly's passion was teaching. As a World History and English high school teacher at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, she not only taught the aforementioned subjects but mentored many students in all aspects of life. She served as the Forensics coach as well as Assistant Director and Costume Designer for many of the school's drama productions. She additionally moderated the school's Haiti club and accompanied students to that country for volunteer work in an orphanage during one spring break. "Miss" Smith, as commonly addressed by her students, was more than just a teacher and her students more than just her pupils.
Holly is preceded in death by a sister Marijo Jones. Survivors include her husband David, her children, Matthew, Kelly, and Ashleigh of Virginia Beach, her grandchildren, Ava and Liam, her brothers, David Gaddie (Barbara) of Duluth MN, Kevin Gaddie (Joan) of Fergus Falls, MN, her sisters, Gail Riley (Don) of Sun City West, AZ, Georgia Gregoire (Kent) of Moorhead, MN, and Jennifer Olson (Larry) of Arvilla, ND, a brother-in-law Jeff Jones of Riverton, NJ, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 31 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 1968 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach. Inurnment will take place immediately following Mass in the St. John the Apostle Columbarium. The family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, 4552 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Laskin Road Chapel is handling arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at www.hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Aug. 29, 2013