OBITUARY

Mrs. Deirdrea "Snookie" Cecelia Stewart Smith

8 March, 194311 January, 2021
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On Monday, January 11, 2021, Deirdrea Cecilia “Snookie” Smith departed this earth and gained her wings to returned home. She is survived by her husband, Herbert L. Smith, sister, Shirley Lewis (Leslie), 3 children, Deirdrea “Dee” Smith, Giquita “Quita” Smith, and Herbert N. Smith (Tamika), and by her only grandchild, Zaria C. Smith. Other family members left to grieve her passing include her 5 brother-in-laws, Alfred Gurley (Denise), Calvin H. Gurley (Charmaine), James White (Tootsie) and Earl Gurley (Jesse), one sister-in-law, Carolyn A. Bowling (Sampson), and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, and uncles, especially her nephew John “Bo” Sharpe, who considers his late Aunt a second mother.

Snookie was born to Agnes and Charles Stewart on March 8th, 1943. Snookie, Shirley, and their late siblings, Marva “Tootsie” White and Charles “Chuck” Stewart, were introduced to the church at an early age. She joined Antioch Baptist Church at the age of 10 where she became an active member. She was known to travel with the church and was highly involved with the church’s junior choir in securing funding for church trips. While a member of the church, she worked on the church’s “Singing Christmas Tree” program, which was one of her pride and joys. Deirdrea devoted her life to God and placed his grace above all. She loved gospel music and was known to fill her house with the sounds of Shirley Caesar and her favorite hymn, “Rough Side of the Mountain.”

Snookie attended the DC Public School system and graduated from Spingarn High School in June 1960. She met and married the love of her life, Herb, on February 27th, 1965. Herb was swept off of his feet by Snookie’s million-dollar smile and kind heart. Snookie’s pride and joy was her family. She never hesitated to sacrifice her time, money, or patience to ensure that her family and friends had food on the table, clothes on their back, and a smile on their face. She treasured family trips and was always on the move, be it in D.C., North Carolina, or on a train traveling across the country. Snookie was also an excellent cook, and was famous for her fried chicken, deviled eggs, and homemade cheesecake.

Snookie’s caring nature and devotion to God led her to a career in the healthcare system. Snookie worked for Prince George’s General Hospital from 1961-1966. She then worked at D.C. General Hospital from 1967 until 1986. After leaving DC General Hospital, she went on to work at Saint Elizabeth Hospital until her retirement in 2004.

Snookie will be greatly missed. Her time on this earth will be cherished by all whose lives she has touched. The family extends it’s thankfulness in this heart-breaking time.

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Latoria Gaither

23 January 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family and my Sister Quita for the loss of the matriarch of the Smith Family. "Ma Smith" from the first time I met her always lit of a room with her smile and genuine heart and spirit. She will truly be missed. Rest in Heavenly Peace

Love always,

Toya

PAT GRIFFIN

23 January 2021

It is with a heavy heart that I write
about Mrs Smith. She's was a loving, kind, spirited woman. Not one time did I visit the home and not feel welcomed. I am eternally grateful for the many times you invited me in and treated me like family. Your presence and infectious smile will be greatly missed. I know we have another angel in heaven. Your job here on earth 🌎 is done . R.I.P.

monica perry

23 January 2021

First I would like to express my sincere condolences to the entire Smith family. I am honored to be considered a part of the family. It was always a joy to come over and see mom & dad. They were two peas in a pod. Mom Smith was beautiful on the inside & out. That great spirit definitely radiates to the whole family. I love each of you to the fullest & know that I am here for you. Mom Smith will be greatly missed but her memory will live on through each of you! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Peanut & Johnna Berry

22 January 2021

We remember Mom's beautiful smile and Spirit. Mom always expressed love and laughter, which we will always cherish. Mom Smith, you will never be forgotten. We love you always!

Jessica Dugger

22 January 2021

I want to express my deepest sympathy for the lost of a wonderful and loving woman. Mrs. Smith was greatly loved, admired, and respected she would always welcome me with open arms as if I was one of her own. I pray that you all will find peace in our Lord and Savior. May you feel the strength of God as we hold you close in prayer. My love, thoughts, and prayers are with your family.

Sincerely,
Jessica Dugger

LaBresha Butler

21 January 2021

I will truly miss you Momma Smith! You cared for, listened to, and feed me like I was one of your own. I remember several occassions, in which, I would be in the area working, and would stop by. Quita would be at work or somewhere, and we would just sit around and talk for hours, until it was time for me to clock out for work. You would give me the biggest smile and welcome, no matter how many times you had seen me. This was the same for Me! I got a joy out of being around you and Mr.Herbert. Quita was Ok. Lol
You always showed a genuine concern about what was going on in my life! You loved on my son and treated him as one of yours, as well! I Thank God for the opportunity to grace your presence! You will forever be in my heart! Love, LaBresha

Yolanda Greene

20 January 2021

My stepmom "Ma" I called her was much more than a stepmom. From Day 1 Ma accepted me. She was also my confidant and best friend. Her tremendous love and the life lessons she gave me will guide me for a lifetime. Losing a loving stepmother leaves a hole in your heart that no one will ever fill. Some people walk in and out of your life without being noticed while others leave an indelible print on your soul. To my passing stepmom, my eternal love and gratitude. It seems like the whole world falls apart. But she wouldn´t want that from me, the best and only way to remember her is to have the strength she had. As she always said, there´s a light in the end, and at the end we will be reunited again. Love you, Ma Your YoYo

Dawn Spurlock

20 January 2021

Dawn Spurlock

20 January 2021

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