Westlawn Gardens of Memory
6135 Ridgecrest Road, Clemmons, NC 27012
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013
Jun 10, 1922 - Jan 28, 2013
Oneta Fitzgerald Smith, 90, died Monday, January 28th at the Fitzgerald Health Center at Arbor Acres, Winston—Salem, NC. Born June 10, 1922, she was the daughter of Rev. James and Hattie Fitzgerald. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Rev. Dewey Smith, as well as one sister, Marie McBrayer, and two brothers, Bishop Ernest Fitzgerald and Rev. Alton Fitzgerald.
She attended and received degrees from Pfeiffer College and High Point University with majors in English and Elementary Education. In 1943, she married Dewey Smith. While he attended Candler School of Theology at Emory, she taught elementary school in Atlanta. After her husband’s ordination into the Western NC Methodist Conference, she taught in various elementary schools in areas where they served. Mrs. Smith was an accomplished pianist and organist. She was an avid reader and enjoyed needlework and painting. She embraced the many roles of the wife of a Methodist minister, wherever her husband served for 43 years until his retirement in 1987.
Mrs. Smith is survived by two daughters, Anita Smith of Greensboro and Barbara and son-in-law, Rob Tedford of Hilton Head Island, SC, and three grandchildren, Doc (Ira) Kosinski, Stas Kosinski, Katrina (Matt) Woodruff and 2 great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory Mausoleum, 6135 Ridgecrest Road, Clemmons, NC 27012 at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.
The family wants to thank the wonderful staff at the Fitzgerald Health Center where Mrs. Smith resided the last five years of her life. Memorials can be made to the Arbor Acres/Fitzgerald Center Employee Scholarship Fund, 1240 Arbor Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104.
Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
To the Smith Family:
As you celebrate a life well-lived, (90yrs), may your hearts be filled with joy and laughter, as you recall all the “happy” times you shared together. (Psalm 90:10)
Nita was such a sweet lady and a wonderful neighbor. We are so lucky to have known her. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Kathy, Jimmy, Eli and Kate Gravitt
Anita and famiy,
You are in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn this loss but celebrate the life of such a great wife, mother, grandmother and educator. Peace be with you.
Patty Fitzgerald Poole
Anita, Barbara, Rob, Doc, Stas, and Katrina
Charles Elizabeth, Amy and I were saddened to hear about Aunt Oneta's passing and want you all to know our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have so many wonderful memories of good times spent with her. Her quick wit, uplifting sense of humor, love, encouragement, and support will be with me always. I can still hear her voice in the mornings of my childhood over the ham radio as she laughed and said good morning to her Dad and her brothers and sister. They are all there to greet her home now with open arms and great love.
Jim and SaDara Tilley
Dear Anita, Barbara and family members:
We are so sorry for your loss. We remember with fondness your wonderful parents. They were special neighbors, and of course, your dad was a wonderful boss.
We have both been under the weather, so it is best we not share our germs. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
I was so sorry to learn of Neta's death. I somehow missed the obituary in yesterday's paper, but saw it in this morning's newspaper. She was a wonderful lady and a great neighbor. My sincere condolences to the family. Norma Nail
I was so sorry to learn of Neta's death. I somehow missed the obituary in yesterday's newspaper, but saw the notice this morning. She was a wonderful lady and a great neighbor. My sincere condolences to the family. Norma Nail
May these words recorded at Isaiah 25:8 be of much comfort to you and your family during this time of sorrow.
"He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe tears from all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it."
[King James Bible]