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In Memory of

Elizabeth Tobias Smith

March 7, 1931 - September 30, 2017

Obituary


Elizabeth "Bette" Tobias Smith, 86, passed away unexpectedly on September 30, 2017 at her home. Born on March 7, 1931 in Port Huron, Michigan, she was the oldest daughter of the late Thomas Nelson Tobias and Mary Hanton Tobias. She and her seven siblings grew up in Michigan, where she met and married Donald Robert Smith.

After living in Michigan and Indiana, Bette and Don moved to Rockville, MD. In 1970, the family relocated to Cary, NC. They became members of First United Methodist Church of Cary that same year. Bette's early career was...

Elizabeth "Bette" Tobias Smith, 86, passed away unexpectedly on September 30, 2017 at her home. Born on March 7, 1931 in Port Huron, Michigan, she was the oldest daughter of the late Thomas Nelson Tobias and Mary Hanton Tobias. She and her seven siblings grew up in Michigan, where she met and married Donald Robert Smith.

After living in Michigan and Indiana, Bette and Don moved to Rockville, MD. In 1970, the family relocated to Cary, NC. They became members of First United Methodist Church of Cary that same year. Bette's early career was in insurance; however, with her membership in the church, she began her second career as the Administrator of the Methodist Children's Center after her children started school. With over 20 years at the MCC, Bette retired and then volunteered at the Dorcas Ministries for 10 plus more years. Bette remained active in the church for many years, serving on various committees and being a part of the Ruth Circle.

Bette was an avid reader, faithful to her church and family and had a wonderful sense of humor and smile. She was known for her intellect, strength and kindness. She loved theater and music, which was evident when others heard her beautiful soprano singing voice. Her faith was an example to many people.

She is lovingly remembered by her three children: Paul D. Smith of Garner, NC, Donald J. Smith of the home, and Mary Beth Smith and husband John O'Neill of Cary. She is also survived by her siblings: Thomas and Kathy Tobias, of Ypsilanti, MI and Nancy Maywar, of Rochester, NY, cousins, including Jack and Carol Hood of Marysville, MI, nieces and nephews, and by other family and friends, including her dear family friend: Vinnie Scaringelli, of Cary. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don Smith, and five of her siblings - Jack, Bob, David "Lefty", Mary Jean, and Rick.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 1-2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Cary, with Funeral Services to begin at 2 pm at the church. Interment next to Don will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Cary.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church at 117 S. Academy Street - Cary, NC 27511.