Thelma M. (nee Dandridge) Smith

  • Born: June 9, 1933
  • Died: November 21, 2019
  • Location: Norwood, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Family Funeral Home

301 Chester Pike
Norwood, PA 19074

Tel. (610) 532-3120

Tribute & Message From The Family

Thelma Marie Smith ( nee Dandridge) passed away on Thursday November 21, 2019 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital at the age 86.
She was affectionately known as "Sissy" and to her grandchildren she was "Gammie".

Born to Charles Henry Dandridge and Louvania Matilda Prigg, on June 9, 1933 in Darby, Pa.

Sissy graduated from from Darby Senior High School in June 1951 and entered Mercy Douglas School of Nursing in September of the same year. After nursing school she joined the Army and began her nursing career. While in the military she met her husband Douglas E. Smith. They were married in September 1956 and were together for 58 years.

They moved to Norwood in 1967, where they settled down, raised five children and later retired.

Thelma is preceded in death by her parents Charles Henry Dandridge, Louvania Prigg Dandridge Kearney, Mary Ethel Dandridge, and Thomas Kearney. Her sister Elizabeth Williams, brothers Charles and Robert Dandridge and husband, LTC Douglas E. Smith Sr.,Retired.
Survived by her children: Anita Marie Smith, LTC Douglas E. Smith Jr., Retired, Beth Ann Bauer, David Leroy Smith and Jeannette Nicole Smith. Daughter-in Laws: Heidi and Anne Saccheri-Smith, Son-in-Law to be: John Gaskins, Grandchildren: Ashley,Victoria, David Leroy II, Michael, Samantha and Torin. Great Grandchild: Raelyn and Paisley.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Visitation on Saturday 7, December from 9:00am to the start of her Funeral Service at 11:00 am at Cavanagh Family Funeral Home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood. Burial: Fernwood Cemetery, Lansdowne, PA.


Condolence & Memory Journal


My sincere condolences on Thelma's passing. My childhood is full of very happy memories of time spent at my Great Grandmother's house (Mom Ethel) with her, Douglas and the kids. Blessings to the family.

Nichet (Dooper)

Posted by Nichet Carter - Family   December 02, 2019

My condolences on the passing of your mother. While I have not been with you and your families for quite some time, I reminisce about our youth and friendship. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Mike Hoot

Posted by Michael Hoot - Williamsburg, VA - Friend   November 26, 2019

Sending my condolences to the family and friends. I'm a childhood friend of Charles Dandridge.

Posted by Barry Lewis - Lancaster, PA - Family Friend   November 26, 2019

So sorry for your loss, Anita and family. May she rest in peace and light perpetual shine on her.

Posted by Toni Johnson - Grand Cayman - Friend   November 25, 2019

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