Ida Rose Smythe
April 09, 1929 - August 01, 2020
Obituary for Ida Rose Smythe
Ida Rose Smythe (Giangreco) was born in 1929 to Josephine and Salvatore Giangreco of Auburn, New York. She was one of five tight knit siblings.
Her marriage of 62 years, to Robert Paul Smythe of Auburn, New York, was built on friendship as co-workers at General Electric and love as they journeyed together to Syracuse, NY and later to Raleigh, NC. They have three children Robert Jr (partner, Julie), Alyssa (husband, John), and Erika (husband, Aaron). In addition, five grandchildren, Jordan (husband, Jeremy), Robert, Finnegan, Jameson, Caroline, great grandson Arthur and her adored Havanese, Lucy. She was beloved by her many cousins, nieces and nephews many who called her their second mother.
Ida volunteered throughout her life including scout leader (boys & girls), held backyard carnivals to raise money for various community service organizations and was an active member of her church, St. Raphael the Archangel of Raleigh, NC where she contributed 33 years of service. She was a devoted daughter, sister, cousin, mother, and aunt as she fulfilled her role as Matriarch of the family. She lived life to the fullest, enjoyed laughing, dancing and entertaining. As a devout catholic, she was strong in her faith and family values. Ida gave it to you straight and at times “unfiltered” but, found a way to care for everyone she met. Ida was one of a kind and her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with, as well as those she touched but never met.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a brief interment ceremony held at the columbarium at St. Raphael’s church. Details will be privately disclosed. Due to health concerns, the family has chosen to do a formal memorial mass at a later date, when it is safe for loved ones to travel and her final wishes can be accomplished. We will advise options for flowers or contributions when arrangements for the memorial mass will be planned.
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5801 Falls Of Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC 27609
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