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HAMPTON - Ethel Dorothy Smith, a longtime resident of Hampton, passed away from this world on April 30, 2002, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. With her husband, children, brother and grandchildren by her side. She bravely became a lung transplant recipient in August 2000 and fought a strong willed battle for health until the end. She leaves behind a loving husband of 46 years, Paul Smith, two loving and devoted brothers, Alexander J. Stoops Sr. and William E. Stoops of Hampton and three children, Ron Smith, Susan Roach and her husband, Michael, Penny Collins and her husband, Steve. Penny, a nurse, took special care of her mom throughout her illness, at times ignoring all personal obligations to assist her. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Corry Smith Ashley and her husband, David, Lee Roach and friend, Kristen, Kellie Roach, Kendall, Chloe and Delaney Collins and Madison and Sydney Smith, as well as one great-granddaughter, Leila Roach. Ethel was their guiding light. She made it a point to know what each one was "up to" everyday. Ethel devoted her entire life to her family and friends. This could not be completed without the mention of her other family member -Smitty's Better Burger. She loved the place like it was one of her children. She spent 45 years of her life there and enjoyed every minute. From curb girl to owner, Smitty's was not her job, it was her other child. The family would like to express their gratitude to all the friends that have called, and thank them for their sincere support. A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, expression of sympathy may be made to Life Net, 5809 Ward Ct., Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home in Hampton.

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Published in Daily Press from May 2 to May 3, 2002.
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May 4, 2002
She was a grandma....and no words can really discribe the person that she is and was...just the word grandma was enough to explain it all.
Her loving grand-daughter,

Kellie (She was my Paratrooper)
kellie roach
May 3, 2002
To the Smith family,
Ethel was a wonderful woman. She will be remembered my the many lives she touched through out her life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


I knew of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years. (1931-2002)

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth...
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars...the house...the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile...
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read
With your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

Author Unknown

Your Friend,
Rick Lotts
Rick Lotts
May 2, 2002
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to your entire family. May a lifetime of wonderful memories comfort you during this terrible loss.

He is not dead, this friend; not dead, But, in the path we mortals tread, Gone some few, trifling steps ahead, And nearer to the end; So that you, too, once past the bend, Shall meet again, face to face, this friend You fancy dead." (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Waldo & Sherrie
Waldo & Sherrie Carmona
May 2, 2002
Ethel, what a tribute to Motherhood your life's journey led. As a daughter sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandparent or friend, you were always there to lend a hand. As with my mother and father in law, Robert you were a kind and generous soul to lean on through the turbulent scenarios of our lives.
Your legacy will be from your life's actions. Your teachings, I'm sure we are and will be strengthen. We will try to follow your life's valuable lessons filtering down through our generations forever.

May God, His strength and Mercy
be with us all.

Forever love...

Thanks Aunt Ethel

Craig &
Adam Harden
Gary Harden
May 2, 2002
Dear Ron,
My deepest sympathies goes out to you and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times. I was blessed to meet your mother on one occassion and I will always remember how much of a wonderful person she was not only to me but to my family. Heaven has just received a new angel.
Dave & Linda Moore
May 2, 2002
Ron and Cory, So sorry to hear about your Mom/Grandma. I know you both loved her dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
Sandra & Patrick Cuddy
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