MANTEO — Marisa M.M. Smith passed away peacefully in Nags Head, NC September 26, 2021, at the age of 92. Born June 8, 1929, in Washington DC, she was the daughter of the late Delos H. Smith and the late Iris B. Smith. The family was committed to establishing Marisa’s early educational foundation and sent her to the Potomac School in Washington, DC, and later to Miss Graham’s School in Norfolk, VA. After finishing her studies at St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA, Marisa graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Back in northern Virginia, Marisa was an active member of St. Pauls Church of Alexandria, VA. Along the way, she built a successful career in various aspects of the real estate industry including residential sales and historic restoration projects. Marisa also worked for many decades in real estate appraisals.
Upon retirement, Marisa sold the family home in Alexandria and the family cottage in Nags Head and built her home in Manteo, NC. There she flourished in the community delivering meal on wheels, reading to children in the elementary school and joining the Roanoke Island Garden Club. She also joined a book club in Elizabeth City and became an active servant at St. Andrews By the Sea Episcopal Church in Nags Head.
Marisa is survived by three cherished Godchildren; Chris Midgett Nunemaker of Nags Head, NC; Ellsworth “Buddy” Midgett, III of Florida; and Margaret “Maggie” Laurent Gordy also of Florida as well as several loyal friends.
The family will honor Marisa’s directives for cremation with a simple memorial service which will be held Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 11 am at St. Andrews by the Sea Church. Reverend Nathan Finnin will officiate. Her urn burial will be private. The family gratefully suggests donations to the Dare County SPCA or St. Andrews By the Sea Church in lieu of flowers.
Expressions of sympathy and comfort are welcome via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.