Zena Smith

Zena Smith

Friday, June 21st, 1929 - Saturday, April 20th, 2019
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Zena Smith, formerly of Mclean/Great Falls Virginia, having retired to the Kilmarnock, VA area in 1998, passed away at the Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury on April 20th, 2019. She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Edwin Jay Smith and her sister Mrs. Rose Fuller of Lovettsville, VA., sons Gary, Edwin Jay Jr, Christopher, Timothy, Robert, Joseph,and daughter Nancy, as well as 36 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Zena was born to Joseph and Nunzia Zangla June 21 st ,1929 in Baltimore,Maryland. She grew up in Washington, DC and graduated Eastern Senior High School, Class of 1948. Ed and Zena were married in Washington DC on September 12 th , 1948. Together they founded E. Jay Smith Builders which, by the early 1960’s, became one of the DC area’s most prestigious builders and home renovation specialists. Noted projects include the conversion of the Naval Observatory into the official Residence of the Vice President, the Renovation of Hickory Hill, home of Senator and Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy, the construction of the McLean VA Residence of Senator and Mrs. Ted Kennedy, as well as the McLean residence of Governor and Mrs. Charles Robb.Zena managed business operations for their company until she retired to the Northern Neck with her husband. Even in retirement, Ed and Zena oversaw the design and construction of the White Stone Church of the Nazarene of which they were devoted members. There are not words to express how much Zena will be missed and honored by her family and her many wonderful friends. She lived a full and active life with unwavering faith in Christ and in the promise of the resurrection.Though her passing will be mourned deeply by all those blessed by her love and kindness, it is made sweet by the sure hope of a joyous reunion. Funeral services will be held 12:00 p. m. Monday, April 29, 2019 at Church of the Nazarene, White Stone, Va. Interment will follow the service at Historic Christ Church Burying Grounds. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Zena's memory to the Dravet Syndrome Foundation:
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, April 29th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Monday, April 29th, 2019 12:00pm
    Church of the Nazarene
    57 Whisk Drive
    White Stone, VA 22578
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    Pastor Jimmy Jackson
  • Interment

    Historic Christ Church Burying Ground
    420 Christ Church Road
    Weems, Virginia 22576
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  • Reception

    White Stone Church of the Nazarene
    57 Whisk Drive
    WHITE STONE, VA 22578
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F. Smith

Posted at 02:18pm
To the family of Ms. Zena Smith:

I would like to express my condolences to you for the loss of your wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. But what joy to know that a reunion with your loved one is possible right here on earth under peaceful conditions. The Bible states at Acts 24:15 that there is going to be a resurrection of those who have died. We can have confidence in this promise because Jesus stated at John 5:28,29 that the time is coming when all those in their graves will hear his voice and come out. While Jesus was on earth in the past, he showed that he is able to resurrect the dead. He and his Father, Jehovah God, not only have the power but also the desire to resurrect persons who are in Jehovah's memory. Imagine the joy when Ms. Smith is brought back to life to receive the fulfillment of this promise.


Joan Ball

Posted at 10:30am
May the God of all comfort Jehovah give the family
peace and comfort now. Revelation 21:3-5
Wayne & Joan Ball

Jim Hagan

Posted at 08:00pm
Betsy and I were so blessed to attend the service for Zena. She was such a loving, kind, generous, gritty, shrewd, genuine, godly woman, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

I shouldn't speak for her sons but I will anyway. We are all honored to have been "busted" by Zena at one time or another--these are some of my most fond memories through the years. Even at the time I couldn't doubt it was out of love for me!!

What great tributes ALL the Smiths paid to Zena on Monday. (I cannot leave anyone out as each presentation was a huge blessing.)

Chris and Debbie, thank you so much for bringing us back to 1978's mini-revival. Jesus "busted" into our lives didn't he?!!?? Zena and Ed included.

Tim, what a beautiful Scripture you shared--John 15:13. No greater love. Jesus picked up his cross and died for us and we are to follow by dying daily. Ed and Zena lived this. They didn't live for themselves but they lived for God and others. Their words and deeds matched their faith. They took folks in, they gave people jobs, they helped the poor and they spoke words of encouragement and love. Those words of encouragement to my soul I cherish today. It was all genuine and unforced!!

On Monday, Biblical theology flooded my mind and heart. A visible witness of the faith of Abraham passed on from generation to generation! Abraham looked at the stars and saw his future children and he saw the Smiths--thousands of years and half a world away!! The "Offspring" of Abraham St. Paul writes in Galatians is Jesus. He did all this!! He put all these broken pieces together.

The Cook Family

Posted at 04:49pm
Zena was such a wonderful blessing to our family. We will dearly miss her. We are praying for all of your family.
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Posted at 06:53pm
Love and sympathy to Bobby and his family.
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