Marthea C. “Cleve” Gayle Smith, 81, passed with peace and grace to go home to Jesus Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde Gibson and Emear Creekmore Gayle; and half-brother, Clyde.
Cleve was born in Norfolk, raised in Virginia Beach, graduated from Virginia Beach High School and attended Elon College. She worked for Dermatology Inc. for over 40 years, attending to patients and making lifetime dear friends.
She leaves to cherish her memory with two sons, Brandon C. Smith (Bertha Dodel Smith) and Cleteus D. Smith (Catherine Donaghy Smith); three grandchildren, Hunter G. Smith, Amber L. Smith and Emear E. Smith; and lifelong, loving friend Buddy Smith, and his wife, Linda.
While in her youth, she was crowned Surf Queen in Virginia Beach and homecoming queen for Elon; Cleve was truly as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, adoring grandmother and gracious friend to all.
A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at The Gathering, Scott Memorial United Methodist Church. The family encourages everyone who attends the celebration to wear Cleve’s favorite color of pink. The family will receive guests in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Sentara Hospice House in Virginia Beach are greatly appreciated by Cleve and her family.
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