SHORT GAP, WV — Sylvia Ann Powers Smith, 62, of Short Gap, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 24, 2017, after a valiant fight with COPD. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends carried her through 14 months of home hospice care.
Born in Mullins, South Carolina on December 17, 1954, she was the adoptive daughter of Lucille Stephens Cook.
Sylvia is survived by sons, Kevin Campbell and Melissa, of Cumberland, Jamie Campbell and Diana of Delaware, OH; daughter, Tracy Wiegand and Bill, of Frostburg; eight grandchildren, Candace Mathews, of Columbia, SC, Ashlan and Derek Thompson, of Cumberland, McKenna, Chase and Caleb Campbell, of Delaware, OH, Hayley and Colton Wiegand, of Frostburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Smith; and infant son, Billy Allen Campbell.
Sylvia was raised by her adoptive mother in Dillon, SC. She grew up with very little, married young and was left to raise three children for seven years on her own. Determined to give her children a life that was different than hers, she fought and never gave up. Through working full-time and holding steadfast to her favorite Bible verses of promises from God, she would overcome and provide a life of love and happiness for her kids. In 1987, Sylvia met and married her best friend, David Smith. They moved to Cumberland, MD, and eventually to their forever home in Short Gap, WV. She was employed at Hunter Douglas for 12 years. Her heart was huge and full of love for her family. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She will be missed terribly until we meet again.
There will be a graveside service for family and friends at 11am on Tuesday, June 27, which would have been David and Sylvia’s 30th wedding anniversary, at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to Hospice of Potomac Valley Hospital at 100 Pin Oak Lane, Keyser, WV 26726.
Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A. is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the hospice nurses of Potomac Valley Hospital: Jennifer Rosedale, Jacinda Middleton, Loretta Thomson, Sheila Reall, and Chasity Garlitz. They also want to thank Dr. Shakil and the Western Maryland Health System and special friends and sitters, Becky Shanholtz, Betty Iser and Clarissa Edmiston.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.