Linda Martha Smith

October 4, 1938 - June 10, 2022

10/04/1938 - 06/10/2022

Linda M. Smith of Hampton, Virginia and North Andover, MA, passed away on June 10, 2022. She was born on October 4, 1938 to Paul and Hilda Masoner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Bellevue and Ben Avon, PA. She graduated from Avonworth High School in 1956 and from Syracuse University in 1960. Following graduation she moved to Massachusetts began a long career and worked until retirement at Mitre Corporation, working on defense related contracts.
She married Robert L. Smith, Jr. in 1962. She had two step sons, Christopher Smith of  Newburyport, MA and Robert Smith (deceased). She had two grandchildren, Jamie Smith, wife, Gretchen, and Jonathan Smith, wife Cindy.
She leaves her brother, David Masoner and wife, Barbara of Chattanooga, TN; niece Nancy Talley and her children of TN; Lisa Masoner of NH; and Kim Antolic and husband Frank of PA. She also leaves her brother, Paul F. Masoner and wife Judith, of Virginia Beach; nieces and
nephews, Karen Masoner of NC, Sarah Gardner and husband Chris, Jeffrey Masoner all of VA; Glen Masoner and wife Kim and of KS.
Linda moved from MA to Southall Landings in Hampton in 2001 where she developed very special friendships. She was known for her kindness, her sense of humor and her creative poetry. She was a real whiz at crossword puzzles. And not to be forgotten, were her delicious
apple pies and ginger snaps.
Linda volunteered many hours over the years at the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross where she developed many more friendships and actively contributed to the work of the Red Cross. Countless staff, volunteers, and clients were impacted by Linda’s dedication to preparedness for, as well humanitarian efforts during local disaster and national emergencies. Her heart to serve was truly something remarkable. She would be one of the first team members to arrive and one of the last to leave, ensuring the Red Cross mission was properly upheld in the community. Serving for more than a decade, Linda received the Clara Barton  Award for distinguished volunteer service and was nominated for the National Disaster Preparedness and Response Award. Her memory will be etched in the hearts of those who served alongside her forever.
Linda requested cremation and no visiting hours or funeral service. She asked that her ashes be spread in the Atlantic Ocean at the Isles of Shoals where she and Bob and family spent many happy times.
Contributions in her memory may be sent to: American Red Cross, P.O. Box 97089,
Washington, D.C. 20090-7089, memo: Hampton Roads Chapter.

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