Ethel E. Smith of Milton passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at her home. Ethel was born in Yaedon, Pa., the daughter of the late James and Jeanette (Flower) Fleming.
She was a homemaker. She loved to clean; if she wasn't cleaning she wasn't happy. She also loved flowers and her yard. She had beautiful azaleas and roses. She always donated to as many charities as possible, wanting to help people.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Smith Sr. in 2004; and stepson, Raymond Smith. She is survived by her son, Ralph Smith Jr. and wife Paula of Ellendale; grandson, Ralph Smith III and Tammy Reed and sons, Paul and Christopher of Milton; six stepgrandchildren; and several stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call after noon. Interment will be in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton.