Carolyn Dee Smith, 52, of McLean, VA, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2020, at the home of her sister, Louise Wood, with her niece, Sarah Hampton, by her side.
She was born on November 29, 1967, in Spencer, WV, and was a daughter of Glen Ray and Emma Lou Prunty Smith.
A lifelong learner, Carolyn graduated from Spencer High School in 1986, and studied finance and business at Marshall University. She was a former CRA Compliance Manager/Director at Capital One Bank, a former Compliance and CRA Officer at City Holding Company, and a former Associate National Bank Examiner at the Office of the Controller of the Currency.
In addition to her exceptional mind, Carolyn had a deep compassion for others and often went beyond the expected to help those in need. She was the picture of perseverance and strength during her 10-year battle with cancer. As a result of her disease, she became a strong advocate for ovarian cancer research and healthy living, and earned her certification as a health coach.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lisa Smith; and a brother, Kermit R. Smith.
She is survived by her siblings, Marvin R. Smith of Left Hand, WV, Wayne A. Smith of Alderson, WV, Louise Smith Wood (Dr. Don Wood) of Alderson, Donna Smith Harper of Charleston, WV, Connie S. Smith of Huntington, WV, and William E. “Billy” Smith of Huntington; nieces and nephews, David Smith, Dr. Christopher Wood, Sarah Wood Hampton, Emily Harper, Finley Smith, Liam Smith, and Ainsley Smith; and six beloved great-nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to give heartfelt thanks to the medical team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and HospiceCare of Lewisburg, WV, for their tender care.
Service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, with the Rev. David Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Clover Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made in her memory to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance at ocrahope.org, or by mail to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, PO Box 32141, New York, NY 10087-2141.
Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the February 18, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.