Sarah E. Smith, 81

NOV. 27, 1930-DEC. 5, 2011

December 07, 2011

Sarah Elaine Chandlee Smith, lovingly called Sue, of Hagerstown died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Fairfax INOVA Hospital, Fairfax, Va., after a three-and-a-half-year courageous battle against lung cancer and several bouts of pneumonia.

Her true grit was unshakeable during many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation; she never wavered. She also participated in a chemotherapy drug trial to help others who  struggle with lung cancer.

Born in Hagerstown on Nov. 27, 1930, she was the daughter of educator Elmer K. Chandlee and his wife, Julia Newman, and granddaughter of the mayor of Smithsburg, Md., and owner of Newman Auto Company, Hoy Newman and his wife, Sudie. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Richard C. Smith.

She graduated from Walkersville High School in 1948 during her father's tenure as principal. She attended Penn Hall. Following in her Chandlee family tradition, she was an accomplished artist. After raising her girls, she worked in Hagerstown at The Plum and then at the Hampton Inn as the breakfast hostess.

She is lovingly survived by three daughters, Sarah E. "Sally" Kelly and her husband, Stuart, of Centreville, Va., D. Roxanne Pepple of Smithsburg, and Marla S. Melcher and her husband, David, of Oakton, Va.; six grandchildren, Jennifer Creager (John), Rebekah Marshall (Troy); Joshua Pepple (Audrey), Meredith Campbell (Noel), James Leitner and Cpt. Katherine Melcher. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Pvt. Andrew and Julia Creager, Troy and Noah Marshall, Kylie and Kenny Pepple and two babies on the way. She is also survived by one paternal aunt, Ruth White, and several cousins.

A celebration of her beautiful life will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to her favorite charity, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital,, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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