Frances Sont Smith, 98, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Beth Sholom Village in Virginia Beach. Frances grew up in Portsmouth, VA, the daughter of the late Samuel and Ethel Sont. In addition to her parents, Frances was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Leon, as well as her 4 siblings.
Frances and Leon owned and operated Wythe Lanes, a bowling alley in Hampton, VA for 40 years. After retirement she continued to help out her family members at Riverdale Delicatessen and later at Philly Style Steaks. Frances was a past president of the Ladies Auxiliary at Adath Jeshrun Synagogue where she also served as a volunteer for many years. She was very much a people person and known as the “Dancing Queen” at Beth Sholom Village.
Frances is survived by her son Mannie (Judy); 2 daughters, Anita (David, deceased)and Debbie (John); 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and a host of extended family.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 1:00 in Hebrew Cemetery, 1817 Kecoughtan Rd., Hampton, VA. Following the service, the Meal of Consolation will be held at Beth Sholom. The Minyan services will be Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm at the home of Judy and Mannie.
Frances’ family would like to thank the staff of Beth Sholom for the kindness and care extended to her while she was a resident. They would also like to thank her caregivers, Debbie, Nekesha, and in particular Freda, who provided exceptional care to Frances and always ensured her comfort and happiness.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.altmeyerfh.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beth Sholom Village in her name.
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
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