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Frances B. Smallwood

Aug 20, 2021

Frances Barbara Yurish Smallwood, 90, of Martinsburg, WV, went into eternal life Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.

Born March 25, 1931, in the Blairton Community in Martinsburg, WV, she was the daughter of Croatian immigrants, Joseph and Anna Yurish.

One of fifteen children, she was a good student and played basketball at area schools, including St. Joseph Catholic School and Martinsburg High School.

Frances worked at The Martinsburg Interwoven Mills, later the Rolane Division of Kayser-Roth Corporation, for over 40 years and retired as assistant manager. After retirement, Frances spent many years volunteering at City Hospital (Berkeley Medical Center) and was a member of the VFW, Elks Lodge #778, Moose Lodge #120 and The Red Hat Society.

Known as Aunt Shanie to family and Bubba to her great-grandchildren, she devotedly loved her family and friends. Always supportive and caring, she was fiercely protective of those she loved. Her energy and laughter filled any room, especially if there was dancing. Frances will also be remembered for her outgoing, fun personality and always stylish appearance.

She was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and also attended mass at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Shepherdstown.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Smallwood, Sr., beloved son, Steven Smallwood, and long-time special friend, Donald Houser as well as all of her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, Wallace Smallwood, Jr., daughters-in-law Linda Frame Smallwood and Ann Noll Smallwood, granddaughters Jennifer Smallwood Hanes and Candace Smallwood Hurst and their spouses Michael Hanes and Dr. Erik Hurst. Frances adored her great-grandchildren, Seth, Elli, Witt and Maye Hurst, and Carter, Rowen and Tucker Hanes and her many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Matt Rowgh celebrant. Interment prayers will be said at Rosedale Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank all of those who visited and looked after Frances during the past few years and for the extraordinary care she received from the nurses and staff at Stonerise Martinsburg (formerly Clary Grove).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 225 S Queen St, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Online condolences may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeswv.com.