Leona Smith, who had suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for a long time, died at her apartment at the Windmill Village II complex in East Hampton on May 24 at the age of 84. Mrs. Smith, who was always known as Faye, lived on Abraham’s Path for some 50 years, said her daughter Maureen Semb of East Hampton. More recently, as her health declined, she lived with Ms. Semb on Oakview Highway, moving to Windmill Village three years ago.
Except for brief periods during which she lived in North Carolina and Connecticut, she was a lifelong resident of East Hampton Town, her daughter said. But she and her husband, Norman E. Smith, who died in 2011, loved to travel. “Tennessee, Florida — small vacations all over,” Ms. Semb said. “She and my dad loved to get in the car and go.”
Mrs. Smith was born at Southampton Hospital on Jan. 13, 1930, to Harold W. King and the former Leverne J. Edwards. She attended East Hampton High School. Prior to her marriage to Mr. Smith, a brief early marriage had ended in divorce, her daughter said. She worked at North Main Street Cleaners and the North Main Street Ice Cream Parlor in the past and was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton, but was mostly a homebody, her daughter said. “She liked to do crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and she loved murder mysteries.”
In addition to Ms. Semb, she is survived by her daughters Sharon King of East Hampton and Joyce Coleman of Noyac. Ten grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren also survive. Four siblings died before her.
A memorial service will be held in the community room at Windmill Village II on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton 11937.