Rebecca Catherine (Spangler) Smith
1928 - 2020
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Smith, Rebecca Catherine (Spangler)
Apr 19, 1928 - May 18, 2020
Rebecca Catherine (Spangler) Smith, 92, of Sarasota, Fl passed away on May 18, 2020 in the comfort of her home surrounded by caregivers and her daughter. She was born in Cascade, Virginia to Elder and Mrs David V. Spangler on April 19, 1928. She graduated from Averett college with an AA degree, and then moved to Sarasota in 1949. While working in downtown Sarasota, she met and married Ernest F. Smith who became and remained the love of her life.
Early in her marriage she joined the Junior Welfare League of Sarasota and devoted many hours and much effort to that organization. At about the same time tennis became her passion. She excelled at doubles and possessed a deadly lob shot. She managed to play and enjoy the game into her 80's.
Coming from a family of great Southern cooks, Rebecca was "in her element" in the kitchen. She loved nothing better than hosting evening- long dinner parties starting with cocktails and ending with perhaps a flaming dessert!! She built a home in the mountains of North Carolina which became her sanctuary. She loved sharing her home and the charms of the area with family and friends. She even fell in love with country music!! She always made your Birthday feel special. She might throw your party on a houseboat in the bay or make your cake in the shape of your latest venture. Rebecca never lost her natural instinct for style and fashion and how to make every outfit look stunning.
During her final weeks she felt her family calling her home and she was ready to join them. She is survived by her daughter Rochelle Smith of St. Petersburg, FL, Nieces: Sandra Zuersher(Ron) Sarasota, FL, Beverlee Beale(Burgin) Southern Pines, NC, Nephews: Richard Graham(MaryAnn) Blacksburg, VA, David Hodnett(Brenda) Dry Fork, VA, Danny Hodnett, Danville, VA, Steve Hodnett (Karen) Boyce, VA, Russell Harrison Tampa, Keith Harrison(Joni) Tampa, FL. Toale Brothers Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Herald Tribune from May 22 to May 24, 2020.
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May 27, 2020
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Nell Evans
May 27, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. You and your mom are a true blessing in my life. Much love.
Verna Peters
May 26, 2020
Rochelle sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of our parents and how you were terrified of those 6 Evans boys! You Mom would tell me that when they came to visit my parents you would not leave the car! Nell is doing well and lives in the Oaks, will be 93 this August. You Mom was a wonderful person and my parents enjoyed her company very much.
May 25, 2020
Rochelle, So sorry to hear about your Mom. I have a lot of fond memories, living next door for many years. Your Mom was a very loving person, and always a pleasure to be around.
I remember when your whole family started playing tennis at the old tennis courts? You were a natural.
Don't know if you remember Willie Lee Bryant? (She worked for my Mother) I was able to stay in contact with her over the years, and visited her often. She passed away about a year ago, and I attended her funeral in the same church she was married in, many years ago.
So much water under the bridge from our childhood days?? I hope this short message finds you well and I often think of you and your family.
ted thornton
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