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.
Published in Daily Press from May 2 to May 3, 2002.