Stephanie Muriel Smith died peacefully passed away at home on Pleasant Valley Court in Seat Pleasant, Maryland after a strong battle with ovarian cancer at the age of 59. Stephanie or “Stef” as she was most affectionately referred was born on September 1, 1958 in Washington, D.C. She was the youngest of four girls born to Mary Irene Smallwood Smith and the late Charles Elwood Smith.
Stephanie graduated from Dunbar High School in Washington D.C in 1976. Following graduation, she joined the federal work force where she enjoyed an outstanding and rewarding 38 year career with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During her career with DEA, Stephanie took the opportunity to expand her horizons and demonstrate her aptitude and skill in many foreign DEA offices including but not limited to Italy, Pakistan, and Jamaica. Stephanie retired from DEA in 2014 where she worked as Program Analyst for the Intelligence Division at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
Stephanie was born with a “spirit of independence” that could not be harnessed. She was known for her boisterous laughter, infectious smile, and tenacious optimism. When Stephanie was not travelling the world, she spent her time doing water aerobics, line-dancing, going to live music concerts, and turning every conversation into an impromptu stand-up routine. Stephanie looked to bring joy to all she encountered and was always eager to give, whether it was her time, a shoulder to cry on, or a gift from her QVC or HSN stash. Like her tattoo, she wore her heart on her sleeve. Stephanie added warmth and color to the world and will truly be missed.
Stephanie was preceased by her father, the late Charles Elwood Smith; her sister, Janette Smith Borum; and nephew, Michael Anthony Lewis. Left to cherish her memory are her Mother: Mary Irene Smith; Daughter: Reena Smith; Sisters: Carolyn Smith and Gail Smith Alexander (Kevin Sr.); Nieces: Stephanie Borum Speller, Sabrina Borum, Sonya Borum Stover, Kim Smith, Kelley Alexander and Brandy Alexander, Nephew: Kevin Alexander Jr.; and a host of grand nieces and nephews, cousins, and a lifetime of good friends.
A Memorial and reception will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 1 to 4 pm at Advent Funeral & Cremation Services, located at 9013 Annapolis Rd, Lanham, MD 20706.