Our beloved mother and devoted child of God, Winifred “Winnie” Fisher Pitrone Smouse, passed Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
She was 83 years blessed and an angel to many. She was born April 24, 1935, one of five children: Halee, who preceded her in death, and Pete, Ed and Delma.
Mom married Michael J. Pitrone June 19, 1954, and together created the Pitrone family surviving united: Shellie Pitrone, Annette (Billy) Dickerson, Gina (Carter Hotchkiss) Pitrone, Peter “Rocky” Pitrone (Joelle Martin), Eva (Barney) Howard, Maria (Gabriel) Molina, Teddy (Georgia) Pitrone, Winnie (Andy Mackey) Pitrone; 23 grandchildren, Erica (Angelo), Will, Ben (Ellen), Lee (Ekaterina), Kerri Jean (Rob), David, Colby, Peggy (Dan), Allen, Gage, Teva (Daniel), Terrin, Travis (preceded in death Feb. 21,1989), Sarah, Dara, Amber, Brittany, Brooke, Gabriel Jr., Michael, Ariana, Malia, Tim; and 24 great-grandchildren, Summer, Maya, Truman, Charlie, Ainsley, Bridger, Simone, Fiona, Vivienne, Kassia, Wyatt, Ginny Grace, Everett, Paton, Liam, Piper, Jameson, Dylan, Skylar, Alyssa, Caden, Hudson, Elizabeth and Thomas.
Mom met Ramon Smouse in October 1995, married July 29, 1996, and traveled extensively dancing around the world until Ray passed in 2016. They united two families adding to her legacy two children, Janet (Arthur) Garner, Cathy (Kevin) Kilcoyne; four grandchildren, Amber, Christopher, Casey and Kyle; and two great-grandchildren, Katherine and Daniel.
Mom and Ray served their communities through church, missions, Meals on Wheels, the Red Cross and serving the homeless. Throughout her life, she held many jobs and volunteer positions. Those that we recall include telephone operator, Beeline Fashion consultant, dresser for various shows at Norfolk Scope, newspaper route manager for the Virginia Beach Sun, trip captain for Ski World, owner of the Health food Bar inside the European Health Spa, co-owner of The French Café, Bike Rental Stand owner, manager of the Greenwood Hotel, event coordinator at the Dome/Pavilion and volunteer at Atlantic Shores.
Mom was well known for being prepared for any emergency and the first to respond. Wherever mom landed, she was a leader and compassionate advocate. She lived a life of service, pleasing to Jesus with unshakable faith, loving all she met without judgement, always seeing the best in everyone and every situation and never letting her disability stop her. Her comforting spirit lives on through her eight children, all she considered family, and all she touched.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, April 5, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel.
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