Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Stephens Smith, 81

Barbara “Bobbie” Stephens Smith, 81, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Delaware City and New Castle, Del., passed away, surrounded by her loving family, at home on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. She was born in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 24, 1937, daughter of the late Wallace Stephens and the late Virginia (Press) Stephens.

Smith was a graduate of Delaware City High School. She worked as a secretary for the William Penn High School in New Castle and then for the Selbyville Middle School, retiring in the late 1990s.

She was a competitive long-distance swimmer with the Middletown Lions Club Swim Team. She enjoyed quilting, smocking, knitting, cross-stitching and teaching those who were interested in her craft. Smith was a member of the Sip & Stitch in Ocean City, Md., the Sussex Stitchers and the Wee Care Program, a smocking group that makes gowns and donates them to local hospitals for infants who pass at birth. She was also an animal lover and enjoyed collecting anything associated with turtles.

Smith will be remembered for her inner strength, great sense of humor and loving and compassionate personality. She was a wonderful mother and loving “mom mom” to her grandchildren.

The family said they also appreciate the Ocean View Police Department and the police officers who would faithfully stop by and visit with her. She considered them an extension of her family.

In addition to her parents, Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Ward Smith, in 2000, and a brother, William Wallace Stephens. She is survived by her five children, Pamela Ann Smith of Charleston, S.C., Gary Allen Smith and his wife, Beverly Fountain Smith, of Chinquapin, N.C., Nancy Lynn Smith-Pugh and her husband, Dalton Edward Pugh, of Round Rock, Texas, Howard Mark Smith and his wife, Donna Ciarmella-Smith, of Ocean View, Del., and Steven Reed Smith of Elkton, Md.; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a nephew, Jeremy B. Stephens, his wife, Karen Ricciardi Stephens, and two great nieces, all of Naples, Fla; and her beloved and supportive cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held Dec. 2, 2019, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, Del., followed by interment at Ocean View (Del.) Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Seasons Hospice Foundation; 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 407; Newark, DE 19713, or to the ASPCA ( Condolences may be sent online at