Obituary of Teresita Smith
Teresita Buot Smith, 80, of Lakewood, passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
Teresita was born in Manila, Philippines. She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas, also in Manila with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology. Arriving in the United States in the early 1960’s, she did an internship at Saint Francis Hospital in Trenton. It was there that she met her beloved husband Bob (Robert Dennis Smith), at a friend’s Christmas Party. Bob was attending Rider University. Teresita did graduate studies in Hematology at Temple University in Pennsylvania, and was a dedicated Medical Technologist in the Hematology Department for many years at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, PA.
Teresita and Bob got married on July 29, 1967. They lived in Trenton when they were blessed with their first and only child, daughter Deborah, in 1969. They moved to Willingboro and lived there until 1975. In June of that year they moved to Cinnaminson, where they lived for almost forty-five years. Bob passed in July 2018, and shortly after, Teresita decided to move closer to her daughter Deborah, who lived in Point Pleasant. She bought and moved into a beautiful condo in Covington Village, Lakewood in June 2019.
Teresita and her husband traveled the world and enjoyed watching their daughter play soccer and basketball. She also enjoyed cooking, entertaining, gardening, growing her orchids, watching Eagles’ and Phillies’, and Army/Navy games, and most of all, being a loving grandmother. She was also a Eucharistic Minister and devoted member of the Precious Blood of Christ Prayer Group and the Catholic Daughters of America.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Bob; her parents, Simeon and Pelagia Buot; and her siblings, Milagros, Margarito, Simeon Jr., Lucilla, Alfonso, Vicente, Gertrude, Luzviminda, and Luisito “Tito.”
Surviving are her daughter, Deborah Smith-Matta, Deborah’s husband, Christopher Matta of Point Pleasant; and two grandchildren, West and Josie. Also surviving are brothers and sisters in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation will be from 4 – 6 p.m., Friday, November 6 at the Pable Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant, 901 Beaver Dam Road. At 11 a.m., Saturday, November 7 a Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at Saint Peter R.C. Church, 406 Forman Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach. (Facial coverings are required and adherence to social distancing will be in effect.)
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in her memory to the National Kidney Foundation www.kidney.org
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