Betsy Ashton (Smith) Gerring(1955-2012)

Betsy Ashton Smith Gerring, 57, of Front Royal, VA, passed away November 26 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA.

She was born in Washington, D.C. August 2, 1955, the daughter of Grace L. Smith and the late Warner T. Smith of L.O.W. Locust Grove, VA.

She grew up in Arlington, VA., and subsequently lived in Hickory, NC, Marshall, VA, and Front Royal, VA.

Of her life's accomplishments, horses and gourmet cooking were the most important to her. From the time she was very young, she rode and jumped horses. Later she trained race horses in Virginia. She was a gourmet cook and loved trying out new recipes.

Betsy was preceded in death by her son, Aaron Gerring of VA.

She is survived by her mother, Grace L. Smith of Locust Grove, VA; her grandsons, Justin and Aaron Mikey of Martinsburg, WV; her sister, Thea Katharine Smith of Cincinnati, OH; and her cousins, Larry Smith of San Diego, CA, Carlton Smith of Fall River, MA, Raymond Smith of Pine Bluffs, NC, Katharine Bryant of College Park, MD, and George Bryant of College Park, MD.

Services will be private.

Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove, VA, is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2012