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Phyllis F. Smith

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Phyllis F. Smith, 87, after a long career of chasing bargains at yard sales and a period of declining health, passed away quietly at Consulate Health Center on May 22, 2013.
Born in Greensboro, N.C. on March 12, 1926, she attended McKinley Technical High School in Washington, D.C., where she met her loving husband of 67 years, LeRoy W. Smith. She later attended American University in Washington, and Gettysburg College.
She was employed at the National Bureau of Standards, the Department of Agriculture, and the Library of Congress in Washington, and later held positions in the libraries of Duke University and Gettysburg College. Subsequently, in Williamsburg she was the owner of a collectibles and antique shop, "The Golden Goose."
Phyllis loved gardening, travel and reading, and was an avid bridge player, attaining the rank of Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League. She conducted bridge lessons for several years for the Williamsburg Recreation Department and did volunteer work for Eastern State Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Norman Foster. She is survived by her husband, a retired English professor at the College of William and Mary; a son, Dana N. Smith and his wife, Audrey, of Williamsburg; a daughter, Martha S. Newman of Williamsburg; and five grandchildren: Trent, Lucy, and Ramsay Smith, and David and Kyle Newman.
As a wife and mother, Phyllis selflessly devoted her spirit and energy to enriching the lives of her husband, children, and grandchildren. Undeterred by what some may call "political correctness," she freely spoke her mind.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5 at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Williamsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Online condolences may be expressed at> and
Published in Virginia Gazette from May 29 to June 28, 2013
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