Elizabeth Klock (Smith) Hoagey - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Elizabeth Klock (Smith) Hoagey

August 22, 1930 - April 7, 2023

Elizabeth Klock (Smith) Hoagey, age 92, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Friday, April 7, 2023.

Born in Rochester, NY on August 22, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Morgan Becker and Elizabeth (Bell) Klock. Elizabeth worked as a bookkeeper at several of her husband Don’s successful businesses, including the Farmer in the Dell Restaurant.

A woman of faith, Elizabeth was a life member of First Presbyterian Church of Newark. She dedicated her free time to her church any way she could, serving on Session for 18 years, a past treasurer, and President of the Board of Trustees.

In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Floyd Smith; and second husband, Frank A. Hoagey. She is survived by her children, Gregory Smith (Melanie) of Newark, Susan Smith (Steven Spydell) of Independence, MO, Christopher Smith (Laurie) of Newark, and Liz Adrian (George) of Noank, CT; 11 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. In addition, she also leaves four step-children.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, April 21, 2023, at First Presbyterian Church of Newark, 292 W. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711, where a memorial service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Head of Christiana Cemetery, 1104 West Church Road, Newark, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to First Presbyterian Church of Newark at the address listed above.

For those wishing to attend virtually, a livestream link is available by clicking here.


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17 Condolences for Elizabeth Klock (Smith) Hoagey

  • “What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness.” Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • She and Frank were friends of my Mom.and Step-Father Bette (Elizabeth) and Gene (Eugene) Pierce. They were members of First Presbyterian Church. When my Mom.passed in 2002 her husband Frank drove our family to Clearfield . PA to my Moms grave side service. She was a long time member of the Church. She will be missed at the Church


  • We always enjoyed Betty as a neighbor and friend.
    May she rest in peace.
    Will miss her big smile.

  • So sorry to hear of Mom’s passing. She was friends with my dear mother-in-law Anne King. I loved seeing her comments when I posted pictures of my grandchildren on Facebook. I did have the pleasure of meeting her when she came to our home in Massachusetts to visit Anne. She was a lovely lady.💖

  • I am sorry for your loss.

  • David and I send our sincere condolences to Betty’s family. Betty was the matriarch of a beautiful, close-knit family who will missed forever but who leaves a strong and lasting legacy. It was a pleasure to know her. May she rest in peace.

  • I have many memories of working with Betty on various positions at First Presbyterian Church. Our first job together was teaching Sunday School to pre-schoolers in the early 70’s. There were many more after that. I always admired her faith and ability to cut to the chase of any situation. In later years I admired how she handled adversity when she had to leave her house because of water damage. Even though mobility was a challenge, she was a faithful attendee of church activities. My condolences to her family of whom she was very proud.

  • I miss Friday’s with Betty.

  • Betty Hoagey and I first met when we worked out at a women’s fitness center (Inches-a-weigh) in Newark. She was always a fitness “cheerleader “ and she helped make the workouts fun! Our friendship continued when several of us from that exercise group formed a book club. After I moved to Florida and would come back to Newark for a visit she made time to come have lunch together. Thanks to social media we were able to periodically keep in touch. She was a joy to know and I count her among my blessings to have known her. God be with your family. She will be missed.

  • Sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. I remember my folks (Mary and Don McIntosh) speaking kindly of Betty. They attended the same church with Betty and Frank for many years.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. She always welcomed me as a step- daughter-in-law to the family. She was always gracious to my parents as well. She was an interesting person from a family well tied to America’s history. May all of you children be comforted by knowing we are all thinking of you with prayers and healing thoughts.

  • I only met her a few times, but loved her instantly. She had a strong mind and a wonderful sense of humor. I admired her life story, and her extended influence through her daughter Susan has been a blessing to me in my life. I’m so sorry for your loss. She was one of a kind.

  • We met Betty the first time we visited First Church .a week after we moved here in 1978. Always a smile on her face!
    Her daughter Elizabeth was in our Youth group and we were going to the beach for a retreat for our Junior High UPY group. My husband was out of the country on business, so Betty volunteered to go along. Betty and I shared a room and we were up much longer than the kids, just laughing and giggling,! What a wonderful memory!

  • My sincere condolences to Betty’s family. I was privileged to know her through the Newark Lions Club. She was a delightful, caring person.

  • Dear Chris and Laurie & family, we’re so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our condolences to the whole family.

  • Am sorry for your loss.
    Tom and Paula Sheldon

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to Betty’s family.