Obituary Details

Donna Mae Smith

November 21, 1927 - June 6, 2015

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Time:
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Funeral

Location:
Bay Leaf Baptist Church
Date:
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Service Time:
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Cemetery

Location:
Bay Leaf Baptist Church Cemetery
Date:
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Time:
Immediately Following Service

Notes

Donna Mae Ramsey Smith, 87, departed this earthly life to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Donna was born in Huntington, WV, and lived most of her life in Raleigh.

Donna attended Marshall University, where she met her husband of 52 years, William Preston Smith, whom she married in 1953. During the Korean Conflict, Preston was stationed in Seoul, Korea and Donna moved to Washington, DC, where she held numerous positions with the Navy Department and the FBI. Upon Preston’s discharge from the Army, he and Donna were married in Chevy Chase, MD in 1953 and subsequently moved to Charleston, WV where they started their family.

Throughout the years, the family lived in Dunbar and Cross Lanes, WV, moving to Raleigh in 1966. The family remained in Raleigh until Preston was transferred to Kalamazoo, MI in 1988, where he and Donna lived until Preston’s retirement in 1990, at which time they moved to Bradenton, FL. Donna and Preston returned to Raleigh in 1996.

Donna was a devoted Christian and was a member of Bay Leaf Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Keenagers and was the founder of the Bay Leaf Quilters Guild. Donna enjoyed a lifelong love of sewing, knitting, crocheting and mainly quilting. Her most passionate cause in life over the last 20 years was quilting baby quilts for the Bay Leaf Baptist Church missionaries, who delivered her baby quilts all over the world: Kenya, Thailand, and many other countries around the globe. Her love of quilting has touched people all over the world and it kept her spirit alive to the very end of her life.

Donna had many special friends and caregivers, most especially Julia Jacobs, Giorgianna Hippert, Alease Scott, and Don Gilbert. Julia, Giorgianna, Alease, and Don spent many hours with Donna in her final years and Donna cherished each and every minute of their fellowship, whether it was singing along to hymns or getting beaten in Scrabble.
Donna is preceded in death by her husband William Preston Smith, Sr., her mother, Pauline Butcher, brother Carroll L. Ramsey of Sarasota, FL, and sister L. Frances Ramsey of Falls Church, VA.

Donna is survived by her four children: David P. Smith (Mary), Diana Smith (Robert Zuccarelli), Carolyn Jeffreys (Tim), and William P. Smith, Jr. (Marjorie); and grandchildren Helen, Ward, Evan and Leith Smith, all of Wake Forest and Raleigh. Donna is also survived by her very special four-legged feline son, TT, who was her constant companion.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh 27612. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 11:00am at Bayleaf Baptist Church, 12200 Bayleaf Church Rd. Raleigh NC 27614. With interment in the church cemetery.
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Carolyn and Tim,

We were so very sorry to learn of the death of your beloved mother. We know the pain her missing link brings to your family circle.

May our Lord comfort you with His love as He fills you with His peace.

In His love and sympathy,
Dale and Beverly Jones
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Carolyn, Tim and Family - You are in our thoughts and prayers. Continued strength and peace to you! Much love, Beverly Smith
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I knew "Softie" most of my life and I will miss her greatly. I hadn't seen her in a long time but I thought of her often. The last time I visited with her, she gave me one of her beautiful quilts she so enjoyed making and I will cherish it always. I apologize for not being able to make the visitation or the service. My work schedule has changed and I can't leave. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and I loved her a lot too.
All my love,
Susan Robinson Harris
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Carolynn and family- So sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers and thoughts- Jeff Harris and the Zebulon Const. guys- Duke Energy
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Visitation

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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Funeral

Bay Leaf Baptist Church
12200 Bayleaf Church Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614
919-847-4477
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Cemetery

Bay Leaf Baptist Church Cemetery
12200 Bayleaf Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27614
919-847-4477
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