RICHMOND, VA – Naomi May Thrasher Smith, 89, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Richmond, Va.
She was born in Keyser, WVa, the daughter of Paul Lee Thrasher and Francis Catherine (Dyche) Thrasher, and moved to Cumberland as a child. She graduated from Fort Hill High School in 1945, and was employed at Kelly Springfield Tire as a secretary. She married Lester Elmer Smith in 1946.
She is survived by two daughters, Leslie Smith Gross (Kevin), and Marsha Smith Johnson (Robert); five grandchildren, Lindsey Hendrickson Cheatham (Gus), Alex Hendrickson (Michelle), Madison Gross, Jennifer Johnson, Josiah Johnson (Ashley); and five great-grandchildren, Abbey Cheatham, Mollie Cheatham, Jill Cheatham, Gavin Hendrickson, and Lily Johnson.
Naomi was predeceased by seven siblings, Paul Thrasher, Charles Thrasher, Richard Thrasher, Elroy Thrasher, Marion Thrasher Anderson, Gene Thrasher, and Glenn Thrasher.
She lived in Bowman’s addition until the 1970s when they moved to Cresaptown. Beginning in the later 1960s, Naomi worked at Potomac Valley Pharmacy on Center St, until she retired. She and her late husband were members of Southminster Presbyterian church in South Cumberland until it closed. They later found and joined Faith Presbyterian Church (PCA) in LaVale, where they were loved and felt very blessed by the fellowship they found.
Naomi was an avid roller skater as a young adult, and participated in many roller skating dance events, and also played accordion for many years. She was a devoted mother to her daughters and later to her grandchildren. She spent much of her later life doting on grandchildren and great grandchildren, where the love was mutual.
She was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Family and friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 15205 McMullen Hwy SW, Cresaptown, on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be at the Maryland State Veterans’ Cemetery, Rocky Gap.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com