Norma Smith-5-28-2024

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Norma V. Smith

November 2, 1929
~May 13, 2024



VISITATION- Tuesday 5-28-2024
Lawson Funeral Home & Cremation Services
243 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FUNERAL SERVICE - Wednesday 5-29-2024
Lawson Funeral Home & Cremation Services
243 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
11:00 AM
Viewing prior to service 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Monmouth Memorial Park Cemetery
4201 Rt. 33
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

Norma Vail Smith, 94, of Tinton Falls, NJ departed this life on Monday, May 13, 2024. Norma was born on November 2, 1929, to Charles and Katherine (Toler) Vail in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Norma attended and graduated from the Middletown School system. Although she moved away for a while, Atlantic Highlands has always been home.

Norma retired from the Fort Monmouth Provost Marshall Office, where she was affectionately known as “The ID Lady.” She held many jobs prior to that, she worked as a nanny, worked in a doctor and dental office. She was a truancy officer for Neptune School system where she prided herself on the good of the children and their families. She would go to the homes of children that did not come to school and help them get ready, feed them breakfast, and get them off to school. That was the kind of person she was, which showed the caring and dedicated person she was with her soft-spoken voice and loving smile.

In 1955, Norma married Fernando J. Smith. They were married for 65 years until his passing in 2020.

Norma exemplifies the definition of a Missionary as she was always on the call of duty for anyone and anything that was needed. She was always at someone’s bedside to assist with prayers of comfort or with her delicious chicken divan as many of you may know.

Norma moved back to the Monmouth County area to continue her service with her childhood church family, Quinn Chapel AME Atlantic Highlands, NJ where she held numerous positions.

Norma herself is a 3-time Breast Cancer Warrior. She has been a long-time supporter of the American Cancer Society and has guided many through their journey with Cancer. She was a True believer of Early detection is key. She held many people’s hands.

She is predeceased in death by her parents, sisters, Beulah Vail, Josephine Vail, Sarah Hundley and husband, Fernando Smith.

She is survived by her sister, Charlotte Keyes (Lawrence), son Andre, daughters Leslie and Alison, grandchildren Jared and Jadah and great-grandchildren Zionah, Elijah and Carmiah as well as a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.


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One thought on “Norma Smith-5-28-2024

  1. Willianna says:

    Allison, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Your mom was such a sweetheart. I’ll miss her infectious smile and kind words.
    May she rest in paradise.

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