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SEAFORD - On September 14, 2010, Melissa Althea Smith of Seaford, Va., passed away at age 43, after a valiant fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Melissa is survived by her husband, William E. Smith III, also of Seaford; three daughters, Vivian Faith Smith of Seaford, Amanda Reagan of Newport News, and Carly Reagan of Seaford and; and three step-daughters, Trista Smith of Charlottesville, Va., Kirsten Smith of Newport News, Va., and Kendyl Smith of Newport News, Va. She is also leaves behind her parents, Donald and Antha Wade of Manson, N.C., (formerly of the Peninsula); and two sisters, Karen Wade Hayes (and husband, Tom), of Richmond, Va., and Barbara Wade Medlin of Norlina, N.C.; mother-in-law, Lou Smith of Newport News, and many nieces and nephews.
A 1985 graduate of York High School, Melissa worked for the College of William & Mary School of Business in the late 80s, then for musician Bruce Hornsby for 14 years, where she was loved by many. Melissa was a devoted and loving wife and mother who enjoyed volunteering at her childrens' schools, entertaining friends and family, gardening, teaching VBS and helping with KidsPraise at her church (Seaford Baptist), as well as painting and calligraphy. She was an amazing and active listener with a tremendous sense of humor, was an eternal optimist, and never failed to see the best in everyone she knew.
Her greatest desire after her diagnosis was to show the joy of the Lord as her strength through her suffering. She always gave glory to God for giving her the grace to endure the losses associated with ALS with humor and peace, and pointed others to see God's strength through her weakness. He provided for her every need through loving family, amazingly devoted friends, supportive churches and even strangers. Everyone who knew her loved her and she had a joyful countenance.
We will now pray for His grace to shore up those left behind until we join her again in Heaven. Funeral services will be held in the sanctuary at Seaford Baptist Church on Sept. 17, 2010, at 1 p.m. with reception immediately following in the Family Life Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association of MD/DC/VA, Seaford Baptist Church, Seaford, Va., or the Gathering of Men in Newport News.
Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2010
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