OBITUARY

Esmyrna Rivera Smith

February 25, 1953May 4, 2019
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Esmyrna Rivera Smith of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, May 4, 2019 after a long illness.

She was born on February 25, 1953 in the Philippines, daughter of the late Ana Tiamzon Morales Rivera and Eduardo Reyes Rivera.

She is survived by her husband of over 30 years, Larry Stevens Smith, Sr. and sons, Larry Stevens Smith, Jr. and Shannon Smith.

She was a devoted member of St. Mark Catholic Church, worked as a nurse at New Hanover Regional Medical Center but her most joy came from her family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, May 10, 2019in the Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service Chapel with Deacon Matthew Nwafor of St. Mark Catholic Church officiating.

Committal Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Coastal Carolina Cremation Service, 110 Montford Landing Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, May 10, 2019

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Donald Wiggs

May 8, 2019

Myrna and Steve have been my neighbors for years. Once I met them, Myrna and I became instant friends and talking partners. She and I used to stand right out in the middle of the road, I would start telling her something or just joking with her and that laugh would come on and everybody in the neighborhood knew that Myrna and Donald were in the road. She was a beautiful woman inside and out, a caring loving woman and mother and wife. She was a great neighbor and I will surely miss her. And yes, like one other has already said, God must have really needed a good nurse in Heaven. God Bless you Myrna Smith. Steve, Shannon, lynn and Steven as a friend and neighbor, she did good!

Steven Holth

May 8, 2019

It was a pleasure and a joy working with Myrna. I worked with her at CFMH ER in the 80's. Excellent caring nurse. She treated all of her patients with compassion and care. Heaven must of needed another Angel!

Sherry Linton McAbee

May 8, 2019

I first met Myrna in the 80’s while working with her in the ED at Cape Fear Hospital. She was a great nurse. She would always tell me “I’m just an LPN”, and I would say “I’ll work with you any day”; and I meant it. She had this great smile and sneaky giggle all the time. It was like she knew something that I didn’t; and usually she did, because everyone confided in her. She was always “in the know”. Years ago Lois, Myrna, and I would meet for girls out lunch or a movie. Myrna was always late, but would show up with that smile and laugh. I wish we could lunch again, and she could be late and I would not complain.
She enjoyed taking care of people; her family, friends, and patients. She was loved by many including me.

Gloria Brown

May 8, 2019

I met Myrna when I became the Administrative Assistant for her department at NHRMC in 2003. Her smile and her generosity and acceptance of Me was immediate. She welcomed me unconditionally and remained that way for the 8 years that I knew her. I was devastated to learn of her illness, then overjoyed one day when I heard her voice in the store while shopping..Mr. Smith and their son was with her..her smile was as radiant as ever..she was happy. That visit allowed me to see Myrna again....
Myrna was to me a good Friend and CoWorker whom I loved and admired dearly.
Myrna loved her Family at home and also looked forward to her return visits to the Philippines...Each time she returned with a special gift for me as she did for others..
I will always cherish the memories from knowing her and kéep her Dear to My Heart. Love always Gloria

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