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Eleanor Boothe Smith 1939-2017

Eleanor Boothe Smith, born February 12, 1939, Washington, D. C., died September 8, 2017, Alexandria, Virginia. The daughter of Armistead Lloyd Boothe (1907-1990) and Elizabeth Peelle Boothe (1911-1991), Eleanor was an alumna of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, 1957, a student at Sweet Briar College 1957-59, St. Claire’s Hall, Oxford, England, 1959-60, and received a B. A. in History from George Washington University, 1962. She married the Rev. John Moffett Smith of Bluefield, West Virginia, August 18, 1962. Alongside her husband, who served as Rector, St. James Episcopal Church, Leesburg, from 1975-1998, Eleanor mentored adult Education for Ministry (EFM) students for fourteen years, and graciously hosted many church gatherings in their Rectory home. Working vigorously to help pass the Loudoun County Public Library (LCPL) Bond Referendum in 1984, Eleanor participated in building The Loudoun Library Foundation, Inc., defining the LCPL mission, “A modern, technological library system for the informational needs of all people of ability and disability,” and developing long range plans that led to the renovation of four existing branches and the construction of the Leesburg Rust and the Eastern Regional branches. She served on the Board of Trustees of the LCPL, 1987-92, and as Chair from 1991-92. Upon retirement in 1998, Eleanor and John made their home in Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, N. C., and traveled to the West Coast and New England to visit family and to vacation. In June 2017, they moved back to northern Virginia, settling in Arlington. Eleanor is survived by her husband, three children, and six grandchildren: a son, John Douglas Smith and wife Julie Gil Lynn, Los Angeles, California, and children Zoe Lynn Smith and Jack Smith; a daughter, Katherine Smith and husband Brian Alexander Young, Arlington, Virginia, and daughters Gabriella Grace and Isabelle Sophia Young-Smith; and daughter Sarah Elizabeth Smith and wife, Katherine (Katie) June Hester, Seattle, Washington, and children, Benjamin Harrison Hester and Lucy Hamilton Smith. Also, sister Julie Boothe Perry, Boothbay, Maine, her husband Charlie, and beloved nieces and nephews. Eleanor was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Boothe Davis, Richmond, Virginia. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Sunday, September 17, at 2 pm at the Immanuel Chapel, Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia. Expressions of gratitude for Eleanor’s life may be directed to the Armistead Boothe Holy Land Fund at the Virginia Theological Seminary.

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