Dorothy "Sue" Smith Elswick

June 21, 1940August 7, 2020

Dorothy “Sue” Smith Elswick, 80, a lifelong resident of Shenandoah, died August 7, 2020 at her residence.

A daughter of the late Charles R. and Dorothy Comer Smith, she was born on June 21, 1940 in Shenandoah, VA. She graduated from Shenandoah High School.

Sue was a member of First Christian Church of Shenandoah, an honorary member of Shenandoah Fire Department, and the National Rifle Association. She had formerly worked at Alliance Manufacturing Company. Sue enjoyed hunting, gardening, metal detecting and bowling.

On September 16, 1959 she married Bernard Earl Elswick who preceded her in death on September 24, 2014.

Surviving are two sisters, Joyce S. Warren and husband John, of Shenandoah, and Shirley Dearing of Elkton; special niece, Sharon W. White and husband David of Shenandoah; special great-nephew, Gavin M. Warren and fiance’ Deseray of Timberville; numerous nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law, Ben B. Campbell of Virginia.

In addition to her husband, mother and father, Sue was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret S. Campbell, June S. Gochenour, and Billie Lilliard.

Her body will be cremated and services will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent to ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to Shenandoah Fire Department, 201 Pennsylvania Ave, Shenandoah, VA 22849.

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Penny R. Gray

August 26, 2020

Dear Family and friends of Mrs. Elswick,
I received a call this morning (8/26) regarding my previous memory post for Mrs. Elswick. I am so very sorry that I offended anyone with my comments. Although Mrs. Elswick had the same type humor as I do, I simply did not think that I would make her family feel as though I was disrespecting her. That is so totally NOT THE CASE. I loved her, very much. She was such a lovely person with a true heart of gold. I have no doubt that she is in the loving arms of our Lord and Saviour. Again, my apologies. I was only trying to share what I consider a very happy, loving memory of a very dear soul. Penny R. Gray

Penny R. Gray

August 17, 2020

I met Mrs. Elswick in November of 2006. I came to the Shenandoah Town Hall to collect taxes with C.R. Suddith, Jr., the Treasurer of Page County. She gave C.R. some unique comments regarding the amount of taxes due, and the fact that he was robbing her blind! I remember at the time saying to him, "Oh my, who was that"? He just smiled and told me that I'd get used to her. Get used to her I did! What a lovely soul! Once elected in 2011, she started giving ME the hard time. On my first official ride through the Memorial Day Parade in May of 2012, I was throwing out candy and waving to people. I got so excited when I saw Mrs. Elswick, and threw a handful to her. She threw it back, whacked me in the head, and promptly yelled at me for "robbing her blind"! Oh how I will miss her feisty nature. She was one of a kind - - I certainly hope St. Peter doesn't charge an entrance fee, if so, I hope there aren't any candy/rocks in heaven. If so, he might be in danger! To her loving family, may your happy memories and loving thoughts of her sustain you in the days ahead. Many prayers and love being sent your way. Just the very thought of knowing her, even for such a short time makes me smile. Penny

Mary Jo Bowman

August 12, 2020

Our prayers and condolences are with the family at this time.

Barbara Kile Breeden

August 12, 2020

Sorry to hear of Sue's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with the family.