Patricia S. Tankersley Smith
July 12, 1963 – November 3, 2013
Patricia S. Tankersley Smith, age 50, of Bear, DE passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Sunday, November 3, 2013, after a short, but courageous battle with cancer.
Trish was born in Boston, MA on July 12, 1963, and was a daughter of the late Marvin O. Tankersley and Patricia Trevor Tankersley. The family later moved to Newark, DE and she was raised in the Brookside Park community. After graduating from Glasgow High School, Trish attended the University of Delaware, where she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She began her career as a registered nurse at the Crozer Medical Center, where she worked in the burn unit for 13 years. Trish spent the last 5 years working as a medical records letter coordinator for Executive Health Resources in Newtown Square, PA. She honorably served her country in the Air National Guard in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Trish greatly valued her friends and loved having “coffee talk” with them whenever possible. Those who knew her knew how much she appreciated the little things in life, like feeding the birds around her home and playing in the pool with her dogs. In her leisure time, Trish enjoyed trips to New York City and Ocean City, MD, shopping, and playing board and card games. She was an avid Eagles fan and a huge admirer of Marilyn Monroe. Above all else, Trish will be remembered by her family and friends as a gentle-hearted, kind, and compassionate individual, who will be dearly missed by all.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved pets, Casey and Shelby. She is survived by her husband of 13 years, Scott E. Smith; sister, Sheila Burg; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Jeanett Smith; a host of nieces and nephews; and her faithful canine companion, Buddy.
A funeral service will be held at 6 pm on Friday, November 8, 2013, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where friends may call from 4 pm until 6 pm. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Helen F. Graham Cancer Center c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.