Flora D. Smith, 92, of Haddon Township, New Jersey, and recently of Pike Creek, Delaware, died a beautifully peaceful death at home with family at her side on Friday, September, 25, 2020.
Flo was a gentle and caring mother, aunt, and friend. She just had a way about her. Unassuming and humble, she also had a strength that showed in her wry sense of humor and direct way of speaking. She was giving and generous and always there when you needed her.
Flo was a doer: she bowled and loved playing cards, travelling, and visiting with her family. She made the best manicotti and spaghetti sauce. Developing a garden later in life, she delighted in the hummingbirds that came to visit it. She wrote poetry and haiku and was an avid reader.
At 60, she completed her college degree in literature and language, and she knew Spanish and French. Around this time, she began practicing Zen Buddhist meditation, which gave her comfort and opened her heart even more.
Flo married George Smith in 1947 and they had three children, who survive her and who are heartbroken by their loss: Loretta, George, and Alex. She is also survived by her grandson, Charlie, whom she loved deeply; her daughter-in-law, Victoria, who is Alex's wife. And her son-in-law, Ingvar Olsson, was her Best Friend Forever.
Flo’s memorial service will be held at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek, Delaware on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 1:00PM. Family and friends are invited to attend. In addition, due to the pandemic, the service will be streamed live on the Doherty Funeral Home website, https://www.dohertyfh.com/obituary/Flora-Smith
Instead of flowers, please consider making a donation to either an animal shelter (Flo loved animals) or a children's hospital.
Memorial Service Program
Prelude: 20 Minutes of Musical Selections prior to the Memorial Service beginning at 12:45PM
Peace Piece: by John McLaughlin
Body and Soul: by Benny Goodman
Tears in Heaven: (Eric Clapton) played by Soren Madsen
For the Love of a Princess: by Maxine Molin Rose
The Last of the Mohicans (Flo was the last of her siblings to die): by Luca Stricagnoli
Pachelbel Cannon: by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Welcome and a History of Flo, including one of her own poems and some haiku
Buddhist Memorial Service: brief description of the service while candles are lit
Chanting: Prajna Paramita 1x
Return of Merit
Sho Sai Myo 2x
Memorial Prayer 3x
Final Return of Merit
Remarks from Flo's Buddhist Priest: Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, Abbot of Rochester Zen Center
In Flo's Voice: The poem she wanted to be read at her service
Sharing Memories and Comments from friends and family
Flo's Goodbye (through her beloved Frank): Fly Me to the Moon
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