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Gail Irene Smith

Gail Irene Smith, 52, passed after a long battle with breast cancer on January 31th, 2014. Her passing was peaceful and she was surrounded by her family and close friends. Gail was born on September 20th, 1961 in Fairfax, Virginia to James J. and Grace E. Henry. Growing up in Rockville, Maryland, she graduated from Rockville High School, where she was an honor student and a member of the high school honor guard. Gail was also a recipient of the Girl Scout’s Gold Award. She then went on to attend Frostburg State University, and American University, earning a degree in History. She continued her education in Journalism. She started a career as a technical editor and married Douglas Smith in 1989, living in Springfield VA, she traded editing for motherhood and community involvement. She raised three boys; Alexander, Grant, and Zachary while being involved as a volunteer with Cub Scouts, Pohick Church, St Andrew’s Preschool, Newington Forest School and many other organizations.

Gail is survived by her husband, Douglas; her children, Alexander, Grant, and Zachary; her father, James J Henry, her brother, James A Henry (Terri); her sister Beverly Gorman (Michael); her nephews Michael, Justin, and Daniel Gorman; and her niece Kristen Gorman, Her Aunts Carol Jackson (Jerry), Shirley Chisholm, and her Uncles IB and Warren (Tinnie) Heinemann, her Brother in Law Dave Smith (Debbie) and Nieces Elizabeth and Wendy (Colin Smith) Smith and numerous cousins. She is predeceased by her mother; Grace E. Henry.

A funeral service will be held on February 6th, 2014 at 1:00 at Pohick Church. 9301 Richmond Hwy. Lorton VA 22079.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gail’s name to the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes or Pohick Church Youth Ministries.

-Information from Mountcastle-Turch Funeral Home

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