Mabel Ellen Smith

October 1, 1937 - July 4, 2018

Mabel Ellen Williams Smith, age 80, of Romney, WV died peacefully in the loving care of her family and Hampshire Memorial Hospital in the early hours of July 4th, 2018.

Mabel was born in Midland, Maryland on October 1, 1937 and is the daughter of the late David J. Williams and Margaret Coleman Williams.  She is the beloved wife of 59 years of the late Andrew Martin “Andy” Smith, dec. June, 2015.  Mabel is also predeceased by (3) sisters; Margaret Jones, Ruth Warnick and Ethel Rizer.

Mabel is survived by (2) sons; Andy M. Smith, Jr. (special friend Bobbie J. Barnes Bean) of Romney and Gary Lee Smith of Romney, (2) daughters; Jayne Anne Heavener (husband Michael) of Romney and Michelle Arnold (husband Bart) of Chapin, SC., (1) brother; David J. Williams (wife Alma) of Petersburg, WV., (1) sister; Betty Schlereth (Husband Joseph) of Lonaconing, MD.  Mabel is also survived by (11) grandchildren, (7) great grandchildren and many, many other family members and friends.

Born and raised in Midland, MD Mabel graduated from Bell High with the class of 1955.  From just up the road in Lonaconing, she met and married the love of her life, Andy, in 1956.  He was just home from the U.S. Navy and they started their family with Andy Jr. who came along in 1957, followed by Gary in 1959 and Jayne Anne in 1962.  Michelle came along 11 years later and completed the picture.  Mable delighted in being a mother and had the energy to be both career woman and mom.

Mabel was seldom, if ever, idle.  She worked at various jobs right out of High School, and when the family moved to Romney in 1964, Mabel worked for Loraine Shanholtz’s CPA firm, then to Buckley distributing and finally retiring from Hampshire Memorial Hospital with 25 years of service as a Business Administrator.  She was good with numbers and order.  Everything had a place.  Or at least it should.  One was never curious of what Mabel was thinking or what she wanted one to do.  She had the ability to make tough decisions and move on.  She had little use for “filters” and she got along just fine like that.  You knew where you stood.

Growing up with Mabel as a mom, she never left room for doubt as to how she felt about her children and grandchildren.  She had an enormous capacity for love and this extended outside her home and into the lives of many others and her community.  Central Ave. was a neighborhood and one full of laughter, kids, playing cards with neighbors, swimming and a sense of belonging; an environment that Mabel was highly instrumental in creating.  In Mabel’s house, one never went hungry.  In fact, if there was a lull in the conversation, food was being put on the table and nobody left hungry.  Besides cooking, Mabel found many pleasant hours doing cross-stitching and being with her family and extended families.

It was never the same after Andy died.  It was obvious there was a empty spot that could never be filled and she did what she could to make the best of it.  In these times, especially the last several months, her health struggles continued to grow.  It is with sincere and immeasurable gratitude that the family wishes to thank all those who had a hand in her care and comfort.  To name names would take a chance on leaving someone out.  Thank you for all your thoughtfulness, compassion and generosity.  Godspeed to all of you.

Friends will be received on Friday, July 6th, 2018 from 4 to 7PM at the Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney, where funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 7th at 11AM officiated by Rev. Melvin Williams.  Interment will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery, Romney.

Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675.

Inquiries may be directed to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511

Carter Wagoner July 5, 2018

15 condolences for “Mabel Ellen Smith”

  1. The memories of growing up in that neighborhood will live with all of us forever and so many of the wonderful parents who raised us are now gone. Mabel was one of those wonderful people that all of us fortunate enough to grow up around will remember. Our love, prayers and sympathy to the entire Smith family.

  2. One of my favorite patients ever. I loved her and her wonderful devoted family. Prayers and hugs for her family. Rest In Peace sweet Mabel.

  3. We want to express our sympathy in the loss of Mabel. May you find comfort in the memories that you have shared.

  4. May you find peace in your memories. My thoughts and prayers are with yo in your time of loss and Gods gain.

  5. Andy and Mabel were constants in the community. I had the pleasure of teaching their kids in school and found them to contain the high morals and dedication as they were taught by great Parebrs, Rest In Peace as your legacy and love live in your children and grandchildren.

  6. So sorry for the lost of your Mother. God Bless you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you ! Sending Lots of Prays your way !

  7. I’m so sorry to hear of Mabel’s passing. I loved getting to know her when I worked at HMH. My thoughts are with you all.

  8. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. We have fond memories of Mable and Andy!

  9. May God put his arms around each one of you and give you comfort as only he can give!!!

  10. I lived across the street from Mabel (& family) on Central Ave. I always remember her as the strong mom that didn’t take any grief from anyone. She kept us all under her watchful eye and was always quick to say hello or wave when she saw you even after we were grown and came back to visit.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Holding you close in prayers for peace and calm in the coming days. May she rest in peace, reunited with her Andy. God bless you.

  11. Growing up, Mabel was like a second mom to me and was always there to encourage me or put me in my place. I have many found memories of her. May the love and memories that everyone shared with her comfort each of you now and in the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. God Bless!

  12. Mabel kept my Dads office running at Buckley’s Distributing. She put up with me in the office all the time. She started me on my journey with numbers and Accounting. Prayers to the family and the peace that now surrounds her. Plus Andy will be waiting with open arms

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