Hester Smith

Hester Smith

Monday, July 18, 1932 Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Obituary for Hester Alice Smith (Baynard)

Hester Alice Baynard-Smith was called home to rest on Saturday, January 12, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at Bayhealth Hospital in Milford, DE. She was born in Harrington, DE, on July 18, 1932 to the late Noah and Rachel Baynard. She received her early education at Reaves Crossing School in Felton, DE. When her youngest brother Raymond Baynard Sr. was born in 1943, she lovingly served as his mother figure, helping to raise and care for him.

On March 28, 1964, Hester married the love of her life, James Edward Smith aka “Jim Bob”. She always put her family first and enjoyed their company when visiting. They enjoyed Hester’s cooking, especially her homemade chicken & dumplings and strawberry shortcake. She began her career working at Libby’s Cannery in Houston, Delaware. She then worked at Playtex in Dover, DE, for 18 years, where she retired in the late 80’s. Hester loved her job and her co-workers. She was multitalented and received numerous volunteer awards, serving veterans by donating her time and money to help those in need.

During her free-time, Hester loved going to horse races and the casino, completing her word find puzzles, spending time with her family and friends, helping to organize the family reunions, traveling, serving her church, gardening (special thanks to Tammy & Garnett for keeping the snakes away), going out to dinner, and spending time outdoors. She was a member of Burton Chapel A.M.E. Church in Milton, DE, where she served on the Usher Board. Hester later became a member at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Harrington, DE.
Hester was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Smith; son, Daniel E. Baynard; granddaughter, Lesa Baynard; five brothers, Noah Baynard, Jr., Frank Baynard, Nelson Baynard, Clifford Baynard and Raymond Baynard, Sr.; six sisters, Ruth Baynard, Hazel Baynard, Mary Baynard, Gertrude Baynard, Elma Baynard and Leona Coverdale.

Left with cherished memories of her are her daughter Barbara Little; sister, Amanda Morrison; three grandchildren, James “Garnett” Baynard, Sr., Danielle Baynard and Stradivari Baynard; eight greatgrandchildren, Sgt James G Baynard, Jr., Kelan E. Baynard, Kimberly Randall, Karrosa Baynard, Andrew Lanier, La Drewya Lanier, Drewgvita Lanier and Lonnessa Tonigue. She is also survived by her special friend of 10 years; Bobby Allen; and a host of greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Evan W. Smith Funeral Services (Dover)
    518 S. Bay Road
    Dover, DE
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    Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Service

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Evan W. Smith Funeral Services (Dover)
    518 S. Bay Road
    Dover, DE
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of Hester A. Smith to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Dr. # 101, Newark, DE 19713.
  • Interment

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Williamsville Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Williamsville, Delaware
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    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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I am truly sorry about your loss it's hard when we lose a loved one. However, I wanted to let you know that we can be comforted by a future hope. Soon there will be no more pain or sorrow. All the former things have passed away. (Rev 21:3,4)
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Mandy Morrison and Family

We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Our love to your family.
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May the family of Hester Smith please accept my sincere condolences hoping you find comfort in God's words at Acts 24 : 15 and Psalm 37 : 29.
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Dear family, I express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one and I know is so difficult to bear. But know that your Heavenly Father understands your pain and He cares. He extends a hope to each and everyone and that hope is that you will see your loved one again. John 5:28, 29; Isaiah 25:8a
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