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