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Isabel Smith

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Isabel Smith

AGE: 98 • Millsboro

Isabel Wharton Smith, age 98, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. She was born on July 21, 1917 in Ocean View, DE to the late William and Hattie Wharton and was one of nine children. In addition to her parents and siblings, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Smith in 2003. Isabel graduated from Lord Baltimore School in 1935. She married Frank Smith and they embarked on a new life journey together, always working side by side. They turned Frank's hobby into a family business, and opened Frank J. Smith Nursery and Garden Center. Isabel spent all of her days working outside in the various aspects of the business. Her favorite job was working in the garden center where she could not only care for the plants but also socialize with all the customers. Up until her late 80's, when the business closed, she could always be found carrying potted plants around, and watering and maintaining the upkeep of the garden center. She truly loved working with plants and was loved by all of her many faithful customers over the years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Isabel also loved her family and spending time with them. In recent years she especially loved visiting with her great granddaughters, who were her pride and joy. Isabel is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Marianne Smith of Millsboro, DE; her granddaughter Deanna Smith Eyler and her husband Chad of Hockessin, DE; along with two great granddaughters, Erin and Brynn Eyler. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, including a special niece to whom she was very close, Janine Betts and her husband Darryl. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers who took care of Mrs. Smith, Darlene Sturgeon, Glenda Peyatt and Joan Wegt. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, DE, where friends may call from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM for the viewing. Burial will be held privately at the Millsboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Isabel's memory to Vitas Hospice, 20773 Professional Park Blvd, Suite 200, Georgetown, DE 19947 or to Grace United Methodist Church, PO Box 566, Millsboro, DE 19966. Letters of condolence may be emailed via
Published in The News Journal on May 21, 2016
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