Adelaide Whyel Smith

April 19, 1942April 10, 2019
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Adelaide Whyel Smith, 76, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019. She was born in Flint, MI on April 19, 1942 to George Lawrence Whyel and Genevieve Davison Whyel.

Addi was a beloved wife, mother, and Grammy, and an adored sister, cousin, aunt, and friend. She was known for her beautiful smile and her selflessness. She had a common touch with people that showed a character of acceptance and unconditional love, wherever that person was in life. Addi was an avid volunteer and always lent a helping hand. She loved all animals, especially dogs, and spent many hours volunteering at the SPCA.

Addi is survived by her husband of 54 years, Kent A. Smith; 3 children, Christina Hall (Ernest), Katharine Boles (Barry), and Matthew Smith (Jessye); 10 grandchildren, Madeline, Davis, Avery, Matthew, Lauren, Ashley, Victoria (James), Spencer (Jenna), Alexander, and Elizabeth; 1 great grandchild, Leo; and siblings, George Whyel (Rosalie) and Katharine Eiferle (Harry).

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Brown Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am Monday, April 15, 2019, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 221 Union Street, Cary, NC 27511. Interment will be private.

Flowers are appreciated or donations can be made in her memory to SPCA of Wake County, or to CurePSP at


  • Barry Bryan Boles
  • Davis Michael Boles
  • Alexander Logan Hall
  • Ernest Harold Hall
  • Spencer Davis Hall
  • Matthew George Smith


  • Visitation Sunday, April 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 15, 2019

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Sally Cooper

April 17, 2019

It hurt my heart not to be with all of you for dear Addi’s visitation and funeral. Due to unforeseen circumstances I was not able to be there. My dear friend, Addi, of 60 years, from our days at the Grier School in Tyrone, Pa. were so very special. We always had a wonderful, happy time together. During the time I was dating Doug Grier she was dating his friend Svin Christianson from Denmark and we had several fun trips to The Hill School. She visited me in the mountains of North Carolina where we celebrated life as happy teenagers, hiking, playing a little golf and tennis and enjoying going to the Saturday night dances.
I loved being with Addi during these last several years. It was an honor to just sit and hold her hand. Thank you for allowing me that privilege.
She was such a kind, loving and caring person to everyone with whom she would meet. Whether it was an adult, a child or an animal . She loved everyone and always treated each with respect.
I will miss her and our Grier School reunions will not be the same with out her..
Sending love , hugs and deepest sympathy to each of you, Sally Griffith Cooper

Mondy Lamb

April 16, 2019

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”
~Erma Bombeck

It was a gift to have gotten to know Addi and the extraordinary and generous person she was. She gave generously of her time and volunteered countless hours helping homeless shelter pets find a new life. At the SPCA of Wake County, staff and volunteers had the privilege of working alongside Addi for ten+ years and we remember her with great warmth and fondness. Her smile is what I remember most. Her warm smile made everyone feel welcome in her presence.
I also remember Addi’s deep set of skills to pull from when it came to helping animals -- whether she was encouraging skittish dogs not be afraid, or coaxing anxious and energetic dogs back into their rooms after play time. Her kindness and patience extended to the volunteers and staff around her. She generously shared her experience with the younger folks who were able to learn from her.
We are truly grateful and honored to have been a part of her life for a brief time.
Mondy Lamb
SPCA of Wake County

Chuck Fellows

April 13, 2019

Dear Addi,

Thanks for being my favorite cousin all these years. That's an amazing and beautiful family you brought into the world. See you in the hereafter, I hope, I hope, I hope.

All my love to you.

Cousin Chuck

Lynne Grace

April 12, 2019


April 12, 2019

Aunt Addi was always so thoughtful and loving towards our branch of the family. I will always remember her as a humorous, loving person who was quick to laugh and in whose company we always felt happy. We are better for having known her and we will remember her with lasting fondness. We send our love and condolences to her wonderful family (our cousins). Much Love to you all from the Logan, Utah Smiths!

George Whyel

April 12, 2019

Addi will always be remembered for her kindness and generosity. She was devoted to her family and community.
We have lost a wonderful, caring human being.

Terri Davis

April 12, 2019

I had the privilege of caring for Mrs.Addy Her and her family are a true definition of family I’ve shared the ups and the downs over the past 4 years and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world What a joy Mrs Addy and her family have been In your new forever home may your new journey be the best Mrs Addy ❤️ You are loved by many and will be missed by all