Obituaries

Larry D. Smith, 77, of Palmyra, Virginia, passed suddenly on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Mr. Smith was born on August 5, 1938, son of the late Lawrence and Ina Powers Smith of Honolulu, Hawaii. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Jerry A. Smith, of Honolulu, HI, and his grandson, Daniel Smith, of Palmyra, Virginia. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 50 years, Brenda Desper Smith, and five children, Dane and his wife, Andrea, Ginger and her husband, Jeffrey, Neal and his wife, Mary, Troy, Val (Tony) and his wife Christina; two sisters, Juanita Zeiler of Hawaii, Shirley Boyer of California, and two brothers, Harlan of California, Ted and his wife, Dottie of Arizona, and their families; grandchildren L.D. Smith, Cameron Johnson Sheridan, Heather Smith Noble, Jeffrey Johnson II, Nicholas Smith, Candice Johnson, Clay Smith, Caitlin Smith, Anna Smith, Wyatt Smith; step-grandchildren Nick Kitners, Stacey Kitners Davis, and Jayda Tinsley; great-grandchildren Danielle, Levi, Hughes, Delaney, Lily, Brooke and Pearson; and step great-grandchildren Shauna, Peyton, Sophia and Nicholas.
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Cliva Haynes Kane, 80, passed away peacefully at home in Charlottesville, Va. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. She was born Oct. 16, 1935 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. She is survived by her husband, George Orine Kane of Charlottesville, Va.; her daughter, Amy Kane Smith and her husband, Matthew of Pinebluff, N.C.; her son, Mark A. Richardson and his wife, Carol, of Harrisonburg Va.; her grandchildren, Andrew, Thomas, Hannah, Kaleb, Adam and Messa; her sister, Betty Agee of Hamilton, Ohio; many beloved nieces and nephews, and treasured friends.

Before her recent move to Charlottesville, Mrs. Kane was a beloved neighbor on Dogleg Road in Lake Monticello, Va. Mrs. Kane was very involved as a community volunteer. One of her greatest accomplishments was the co-founding of the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival at Claudius Crozet Park in Crozet, Va. along with her dear friend Joanne Moyer. The financial success of the festival allowed the park to pay off debt and secured the future of the park for the community.
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Betty Mahaffey, age 81, passed away on December 24, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Betty is survived by her husband, John Mahaffey, and their children, John Mahaffey (Sylvia), Ken Mahaffey (Nancy), Katie Roberts (Ian) and Laura Moyer (David), as well as their nine grandchildren; Julia, Daniel, Hannah, Sarah, Caroline, Jake, Kate, Josie and Declan. Betty was born on March 11, 1934 in Escambia County, Florida. Her parents were Mildred and Leonard Havel of Silverhill, Alabama.
She graduated from City Hospital School of Nursing in Mobile, Alabama and embarked on a successful career as a registered nurse. During nurse’s training, Betty met a young Naval cadet named John Mahaffey and after a three year courtship, they married on June 30, 1956. After making homes in California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia, they settled into retirement in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Marion Annette Elliott, who always went by Annette, was born on June 29, 1939 in Hopewell, Va., the only child of the late Charles Payne Elliott and Mildred Annette Wells of Virginia. Annette attended public schools in Virginia, where she graduated from George Washington High School in 1957, and later attended Anne Arundel Community College.
She worked for the Department of the Army at the Pentagon before leaving to start a family. She moved to the Annapolis area in 1964 and enjoyed a successful career with the state of Maryland.
She married Richard Lee Downs, who died in 2001. After her husband’s death, she moved to Grasonville, Md. before moving to Florida in 2013.
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Doris Bode Meyer of Lake Monticello, Va., and previously of Westwood, N.J., passed away on Dec. 15, 2015 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.
Doris was born on July 30, 1940 in the Bronx, New York. Her parents were Dora and Heins Bode.
Doris was raised in the Bronx until the age of 12, when her family moved to Yonkers, New York. While in Yonkers, Doris was active in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, where she met, and eventually married her husband, Herbert E. Meyer, on August 29, 1964. They were together for 44 years and lived in Westwood, New Jersey where they were active in Zion Lutheran Church, eventually retiring to Lake Monticello, Va. in 1993.
Doris was a graduate of Yonkers High School, Bergen Community College, Ramapo College, and Rutgers University. Doris utilized her education as a professional social worker to help developmentally disabled individuals while employed at Spectrum for Living in Closter, N.J.
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