Flora May Salsgiver Smith, age 89, of Sophia passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at her home.
Mrs. Smith was born in the coal mining town of Beccaria, PA on January 12, 1933 to Earl and Anna Nevling Salsgiver. Flora served her country in the U.S. Army and was a former HR Director. She was a very active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church where she taught an Adult Education class. Flora loved to volunteer, was an educator and an encourager with a gentle spirit. She was very generous with her time and love, kind, and self sacrificing. She was a loving wife, awesome mom, and a wonderful grandmother and great grandmother. Flora was a former Jeopardy contestant and an avid reader. In addition to her parents, Flora was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Smith, brother, Ed Salsgiver, and sister, Mary Harrison.
She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Murray and husband Donald of Sophia and Mary Kay Klim and husband Vince of Hillsboro, NJ; son, Gary Smith and wife Alice of Melrose, MA; grandchildren, Aaron Murray and wife Laura, Correen Dean and husband David, Daniel Klim and wife Claire, Chris Brandt and husband Mike, Marlena Smith Millman and wife Mills and Patrick Smith; great grandchildren, Kieran, Connor, Justin, Brandon, Lydia and Kevin.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 8, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 at Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro. During this time, the Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 pm and at 7:00 pm those in attendance may share their memories of Flora. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father Philip Kollithanath officiating. Burial will follow at Randolph Memorial Park. The family requests that anyone who is not vaccinated for COVID-19 wear a mask for all events.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to contribute to the St. Joseph's Catholic Church Building Fund, 512 W. Wainman Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27203 or Abraham's Blessings, an organization that digs clean water wells for rural schools and churches in Kenya, P.O. Box 58520, Cincinnati, OH 45258, https://abmissions.org, or the Westside Fire Department, P.O. Box 1317, Asheboro, NC 27204.