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Sheila Mae Smith


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Sheila Mae Smith

Lakewood - Sheila Mae Smith passed away peacefully at home in Lakewood, NJ on Wednesday January 10, 2018 at the age of 83.

Sheila is survived by her sons Sean Ward and his daughter Margaux Ward, and Laurence Ward, and his daughters, Denali, Larissa, Zarah, and Carina, and her nephew Michael Burke. She was predeceased by her mother Victoria Gayle in 1993.

Sheila was born on October 17, 1934 in the city of Halfway Tree in the Parish of St. Andrew on the Island of Jamaica, West Indies. She gave birth to her first and most loved son Sean in 1970. Then, Sheila came to the United States in 1971, while secretly carrying her son Laurence, and gave birth to an American citizen. Things were a lot different in those days. She worked various jobs while attending college, and after graduating, acquired employment as a social worker with the Ocean County Board of Social Services. She remained in that job until she retired in 2003 and moved on to traveling the country and cruising. She worked hard and left her sons and granddaughters with an unwavering work ethic and love of God. She loved to sing her hymns, read her bible, and crochet. She was generous and giving, despite her son Sean's nagging. She had a credit score in the high 700s, that today is a feat in itself. Sheila leaves two self-adopted sons; Kevin Matthias and Larry Friday, and her best friends/sisters Elaine Crosby and Janet Wray. These people took a special place in her heart.

A viewing is scheduled for Sunday January 14, 2018, 6pm -9pm at Carmona-Bolen Funeral Home 412 Main Street, Toms River, NJ. Her funeral service is scheduled for 10am on Monday January 15, 2018 at the same location with her final resting place in Riverside Cemetery, Toms River. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sheila's life. In lieu of flowers, please get yourselves started with a pre-paid burial because Sheila made this whole debacle just a bit easier on her son Sean. If you feel you cannot take care of yourself, feel free to donate to The Margaux Ward College Fund by way of a cash-stuffed white envelope straight to Sean Ward. The family would like to thank most of the caregivers at LTACH in Lakewood NJ for helping extend Sheila's life and a select few staff at Hackensack-Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center, (that was a mouthful), in Brick NJ for their kindness as well, and to her loving doctors.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 13, 2018
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