Ada Lovitt Smith passed away quietly on May 11, 2023 in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the age of 103. Ada was born August 12, 1919 in Norfolk, Virginia to John Thomas Lovitt and Lena Hartley Lovitt. She graduated from Maury High School in 1938. Ada married Burnley L. Smith, they were married for 68 years. They had two sons, Burnley L. Smith Jr. and Wayne L. Smith.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Ada loved to cook delicious family meals and bake cakes. Her crab cakes and butterbeans were a family favorite. She was the hostess for many memorable gatherings at their home on Little Creek Road. She attended church at Wesley Grace United Methodist Church. One of her hobbies was Duck Pin Bowling and she was nationally ranked. Another hobby she enjoyed, was tending a very large vegetable garden every summer in the backyard of their home on Overholt Drive. Their deck was filled with containers of beautiful blooming flowers she cared for that wowed their longtime neighbors. She loved the many friends she made during her years as an Avon Lady.
Ada was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her dear sister, Lydia Lovitt Holland. Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, her granddaughter Beverley Smith Grover, her grandson Ryan Hartley Smith, her four great-grandchildren Daniel, Charlotte, Thomas, and Tyler. Ada and her niece Rita Holland Joyner shared a close relationship.
Ada kept the love for her family close to her heart throughout her life, especially in her final years. Her family is forever grateful for having had her in their lives.
A graveside service will be held on Friday May 25, 2023 at 11:00am at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8100 Granby St., Norfolk, VA.
Dearest Smith Family, so sorry to hear of Ada’s passing, I was unable to attend her funeral, Bob was there. Although it was a sad time, he enjoyed seeing her family again. Ada lived next door for over twenty years, always enjoyed each others company. I will always remember the best bowl of butter beans she shared with me, the fragrance of the vase of her Gardenia’s she brought me,sharing beautiful flowers especially sharing her blue Hydrangea’s as mine always turned pink! Best of all, having her friendship all those years. God granted her a long life until it was time to be called home. May the family find comfort in the happy memories that are yours to cherish always. We have missed her living next door but will never forget the memories she left us. God Bless
Ada was a sweetheart to us. Always a gracious lady never to be seen without face, hair, jewelry and nails done. Her butter beans from her garden were the best. Many good memories of Ada. May she rest in peace. Our hearts, prayers are with you all. Much Love
Ada was a truly unique woman who loved her family furiously. She appreciated those close to her more than she communicated to them but loved them endlessly. Truly a incredible woman who will be missed very much.
Ada was my close friend and a second mother to me. We spent many hours at her kitchen table sharing stories and watching night soap operas. So many good memories to cherish. You will always have a special place in my heart. Until we meet again, Ada ❤️
We send our deepest condolences to Ada’s family. She was our friend and neighbor for many years. Due to a conflict of time, we will not be attending Ada’s service. Rest in peace, Ada.