• "Shirley was my friend when I was very young.I'm sorry to..."
    - Loretta Musgrove
  • "Shirley was a firecracker, her light will be missed."
    - Karl Hendricks
  • "God be with you all WITH ALL OUR LOVE ROBIN& JOHN"
  • "I am so sorry to hear about Shirley's passing. She was like..."
    - Loretta Sutton
  • "RIP, Shirley"



Of Silver Spring, Maryland, beloved wife of Robert E. L. Smith, passed away at Montgomery General Hospital, with her family by her side, on Sunday, February 24, 2013. She was born in Takoma Park, Maryland on May 9, 1935. She is preceded in death by her parents Marcie (Rinker) and Clark E. Dovell, both of Front Royal, Virginia, a brother, Clark W. "John" Dovell of Potomac, Maryland, a niece, Donna (Dovell) Graybill, and a grandnephew. She is survived by her sister Jean and husband, James R. Lavin, Jr., Burtonsville, Maryland, her sister-in-law Thelma (Philippi) Dovell, Potomac, Maryland; and nieces and their spouses Sheree and Tony Norton, Catherine and Charlie Magers, Gina Speaks, Kimberley and Herbie Frye, five grandnieces, one grandnephew, a great grandniece and two great grand nephews, all of Maryland. She also leaves behind a large extended family, many close friends and numerous acquaintances who will miss her greatly.
Shirley grew up in the Wheaton-Glenmont area, attended SSI and Blair High School. She worked at Vitro Corporation before joining her husband as co-owner in their successful business, RELS Trucking, Inc. of Sandy Spring, Maryland. Shirley looked out for everyone around her making sure that her family and friends always had what they needed. Most notable was her love of animals, which she passed along to her nieces. Shirley and Bob would have celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in August. Interment will be private. Later in March, a memorial service will be announced. Contributions in her name can be made to the Humane Society of the United States, national or your local chapter.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 27, 2013