Colleen Elbury Smith

Born: Sat., Sep. 15, 1945
Died: Fri., Apr. 30, 2010

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Colleen Patricia Elbury Smith, age 64, of Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, GA, died Friday, April 30, 2010. Mrs. Smith, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa was born on September 15, 1945 to the late Robert Elbury and Sheila Kemp Elbury. She was a graduate of St. Mary''s Convent in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1970 she married Peter Edward Smith. They have lived in Reynolds Plantation since 1998. She was employed at The Oconee Company as office manager, retiring in 2009. Colleen was very active and dedicated to the Pilot Club of Greene County where she held many leadership positions. One of her greatest joys was serving as Chairman of the Meadowcrest Arts and Crafts Festival held annually in Greensboro. She was very creative and enjoyed many hobbies like knitting, arts and crafts, flower gardening and tennis.

She was the beloved wife of Pete Smith of Reynolds Plantation; the beloved mother of three daughters, Natalie Riley and husband Garret of Scottsdale, AZ, Charlene Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah and Lee-Ann Livingston and husband Bo of Greenwood, SC; two sons, Robert Smith and wife Raquel of Woodstock, GA and Kevin Smith of St. John, USVI; the beloved grandmother of eight grandchildren, Gareth Smith, Heather Riley, Abbey Riley, Elizabeth Riley, Connor Riley, Dustin Livingston, Gavin Smith and Caroline Smith.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the Reynolds Landing Pavilion with Rev. David Key officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Colleen to the Pilot Club of Greene County, for Alzheimer''s and other brain related disorders at P. O. Box 122, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us online at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the guest register.

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Joanne Atkinson-Benson
   Posted Mon May 03, 2010
Dear Pete, Natalie, Kevin, Lee-Ann, Charlene and Robert, My heartfelt sympathy goes out to each one of you. Your wife and mother was a dear friend to me. Joanne Atkinson-Benson

Sherley & Chuck Selman
   Posted Mon May 03, 2010
Pete and family, Colleen was a wonderful person, loved, respected, and admired by many. I will truly miss her as a friend and as a fellow Pilot Club member. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Regina Ammons
   Posted Tue May 04, 2010
I am deeply saddened by news of Ms. Coleen’s passing. My husband Jason worked with her for many years and I had become good friends with her. I think of her all the time, every day when I go outside and see all the beautiful plants she shared with me. We joked about how much we were alike, down to our husbands being so much alike. She will be missed greatly! I pray for her family and other who have known her, for it is all of us who are in a world not nearly as kind it was just days ago.

Teresa M Churchwell
   Posted Tue May 04, 2010
Colleen was full of delightful charm, bubbly personality, cheerful attitude, and warm friendship. She truly loved her family and friends. She supported the Pilot Club faithfully. Happy memories of Colleen will always be treasured. God bless and comfort each of you. I miss her, Love, Teresa

Vanessa Hooper
   Posted Tue May 04, 2010
Mom, you were a shining light and such a loving and lovely person. You will be sorely missed. All my love, Ness.

Lori Threadgill and James Russell
   Posted Tue May 04, 2010
Lee-Ann,words cannot express our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Please let us know of anything we can do. Lori and JR

Tom Miller
   Posted Tue May 04, 2010
Pete and family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. I did not know Colleen but she sounded like a wonderful person. I cannot be at the Memorial in person but please know I will be thinking of you all on that day. Tom

Angela H.Dennis
   Posted Tue May 04, 2010
Pete and family, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Colleen. We worked together at The Oconee Company for 9+ years. She really made our day at work. You are all in my prayers and may God Bless each of you.

Tim Taylor
   Posted Tue May 04, 2010
I would like to send out my love and prayers to the entire family. I only knew Colleen's husband but understood from him that she was one special lady. You are all blessed to have had such a wonderful person as your wife, mother and grandmother. May her smile and laughter be remembered in your hearts forever, may you remember all the good times and keep her in your hearts until one day you meet her again. With the warmest of regards, Tim Taylor

Lydia E. Jarkow
   Posted Tue May 04, 2010
Lydia E. Jarkow (Lydiaentin@gmail.com) Dear Smith family, Don't cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won't let you see the stars! Extending heartfelt sympathy..... May the love of family and friends and beautiful memories of Colleen bring you some measure of peace and comfort. Although Colleen and I shared a brief friendship, I feel blessed as she has left a handprint on my heart! Now Colleen can start a chapter of LOTA in the heavens!!!!!!!! Lydia Entin Jarkow

Rev. Simone N. Jones
   Posted Tue May 04, 2010
To my dearest friends. Thank you so much for sharing Colleen with me and my family. Although it was not on paper it was understood in our relationship that I was her adopted daughter. I loved her so much and I will miss her smiles, hugs, and kisses. Grady, the girls, and I will always be here if you need us. Colleen would not have it anyother way. The joy is that we will see her again!!

Basil Gaynor & Hilton Holliday
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dear Pete, Robert, Natalie, Kevin, Charlene & families. We are devastated to hear of the sad passing of Colleen, she was such a wonderful lady & will certainly be missed by all that knew her. May God be with you all during this sad time. We are thinking of you all & wish we were closer to be there for you.

Carol and Bob Shulstad
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Colleen was a wonderful person with a terrific "can do" attitude. She had a real zest to live life to the fullest. We will miss her hugs and friendship. We are comforted with the knowledge she is with our heavenly Father.

Joan & Lewis Phelts
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Joan and Lewis Phelts

Rod Murdock
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Peter, my hearty goes out to you and your family. My condolences. I speak for Bob also, as he currently is in Oklahoma watching Dana’s son Scott graduate college. Please feel free to call us anytime, for anything. Yours truly, Rod Murdock

Paul Groner
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
I will keep you and your family in my prayers. My God be with you and comfort you. Love, Paul Groner

Gaynor
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dear Uncle Pete & the entire Smith family, We are devastated to hear of you sad loss, Colleen was such a wonderful lady & will certainly be missed by everyone that knew her. We are thinking of you all & pray that God will be with you all & give you the strength to carry on. Dad will do a letter to you in the next few days. Love Gaynor, Basil, Hilton & families

Gilberto Sencioles
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dear Peter: We are all deeply shocked at the unexpected death of your wife. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Gilberto, Fernando, Wagner and Valter

Jannice Schneeberger
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dearest Pete and Family It is with such sadness that I write to offer my sincere condolences on the passing of Colleen. She was such a happy vibrant lady that it is hard to imagine life without her. I cannot begin to understand what you must all be going through but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. With much love to you all From her loving friend in England Jan

Murray, Michael (Supply Division General Manager)
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete- I am so sorry to hear of our world's loss. It stopped me in my tracks. I never met your lovely wife but with just a few visits with yourself I could guarantee that she was an utmost FANTASTIC wife, mother, grandmother and friend. You spoke so highly and often of her you could tell that you were bound by a deep love, admiration and respect for one another. I am so, so sad for your loss. I believe you will be reunited one day. Hold the faith...she will wait for you. All my love! Michael Murray Hang in there my friend...

Bill Strickland
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Hi Pete. Wow. McCullers called me this morning to share this devastatingly bad news with me and he was quite a bit shaken - even being the steady old boy that he is! He and I both discussed what the appropriate words are for this situation and we did not come up with any. What we did talk about was how great a guy you are, how wonderfully nice Colleen was, and how lucky we were to have known her. She was a very special lady - that we all know. Pete - you are one hell of a great man and you have many, many friends that love you - us included - though you may not want to admit in public that you know us. Certainly disavow knowing Lovelace. Please let me/us know if there is anything we can do for you during these rough times. Hang in there, my friend, and take care of the kids. They will need you now. If we can do anything, just say the word! We love you Pete! Everyone does! Best, Bill Strickland 858-794-9114 760-612-7526 cell

Cliveelliott56@aol.com
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete, We wish to express our family's condolence at the news of the sad loss of your wife. Nothing that can be said can mitigate that loss, one only hopes that the special memories of your lives shared together provide a strength to see you through. Thinking of you and your family. Clive and Karen Elliott

Barbara
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete, I am so sorry to here about your loss; you are always in my thoughts and heart. Barbara Clay

Joe Kurelic
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete; Shocked and saddened. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

george gmenke
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Hi Pete, I typed a note of condolence to you yesterday, but don't know when you will get it. I am so very sorry to learn about Colleen's death. She was such a sweet woman. She will be sorely missed by all, especially you and the family, of that I am sure. God forbid anything would happen to my wife, I know how I would feel. We would like very much to attend the Memorial Service for Colleen, but unfortunately will be leaving for a family trip to New Hampshire this Thursday, so we won't be in town. Please know we will be there in spirit if not in person. Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. Sincerely, George and Julie Menke PS Julie was/is a tennis player also.

c crain
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Peter, It is with great sadness I return your email. I am shocked, numb and at a loss of words (which you know usual for me). My condolences and would love to help in anyway I can. Yes, I'll donate instead of flowers. And I'll always remember her beautiful sewing, from curtains to wedding dress with ALL those beads. When things calm down please give me a call. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. (tears).

Adam Burke
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete, That is incredibly sad news. Our hearts go out to you and your family. She will be in our prayers. Take care, Adam & Kim Burke

Eddy Magid
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dear Pete, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the recent passing of Colleen, though I leave for the USA tomorrow, my thoughts are with you ! I'm sorry that I cannot be with you during this very sad period, and especially that I cannot attend Colleen's Memorial Service. Sincerely, Eddy Magid

Nancy Mooney
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Peter, we were so devastated to hear about Colleen. She was one of the sweetest people on earth. Never an unkind word for anyone. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies go out to you and the family. We have hesitated to call as we know you are busy with family. But we will see you on Friday at the memorial. Please know that we are thinking about you and about the wonderful memories we share with you and Colleen. Love, Nancy and Cliff

Hattingh, Sally (SCAW SA)
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Hi Pete Please accept my heartfelt condolences for you and your family at this very sad time. I find it very hard to believe as I remember Colleen to be always cheerful and energetic when I spoke to her on the phone. I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Kind regards Sally-Anne Hattingh Executive Secretary Scaw SA (Pty) Ltd

Matt Beller
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete, We’re very sorry to hear of your loss……….you have our deepest sympathy and will be in our prayers. Best regards, Matt Beller General Manager - TX Custom Truck & Equipment Fort Worth, TX

Janel McCullers
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dear Pete, We have been thinking about you since we heard about Colleen. The news was such a shock, and we are so sad. Colleen was such a vivacious and charming person, always smiling!. Your loss is unimaginable. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We've been waiting to hear when the service would be, because we really wanted to attend. Unfortunately, we have an out-town wedding that we committed to months ago. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. We're glad that you have such a large family to surround you. When we get back to Greensboro, we'll be in touch. All our love, Janel and Mark

Bart Romines
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Very very sorry for your loss Bart Romines 940-682-1199

Scott Deakin
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete, What a sweet lady she was. We so enjoyed knowing her and we'll always value and appreciate the way she and you adopted us as neighbors and friends. Getting one of Colleen's warm hugs was one of my favorite parts of a visit to Reynolds. She will truly be missed. As Liz says, we'll talk soon... Scott

Liz Deakin
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete, I just don’t know what to say…..I am so shocked and so sad to hear this news. I will call you later when I have more time to chat and hope you are doing OK. Please know how much we will miss Colleen. She was a fantastic woman and we have truly enjoyed getting to know Colleen over the past few years. Love and best wishes, Liz, Scott and the kids

Francis P Sega
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Peter: I'm so saddened to hear of your loving wife's' passing. Though I never knew her, knowing you I just know she was special. What can one say. I hold you and your children up to the Lord Jesus in prayer. I pray the memory of your years together will be a comfort and that the Lord Jesus will hold you in his arms in this time of loss. I pray that He will fill the emptiness with Himself and a further closeness with you and your children, in Him and each other. May Jesus Bless and keep you I will send a card and donation. God Bless Fran

Adrianne Mills
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Hello My dear friend Pete, children and grandchildren. My very deep and sad thoughts are with you all at this terrible time. How does one say goodbye to a dear and life long friend, memories just keep flooding back? Words cannot make up for anything is at this sad time. Pete I am so very grateful we all that those couple of days together last year when you bought Col. down to Durban – thank you – Harry’s and my thoughts will be with you and the family on Friday. Take care My Friend. All our Love Harry, Adie, Craig, Warren and family Please keep in touch

Tim Taylor
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete – I am sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. She must have been one wonderful person and soul mate. You only meet one true love in your life and to have lost her must be truly sorrowful. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this very difficult time and if there is anything that I can do, please reach out and ask I am here for you. I would be there on Friday but my daughter graduates from Michigan State Saturday morning and we are leaving Thursday afternoon to be with her. Again my prayers are with you and your wonderful family. God Bless, Tim Tim Taylor Worlwide Logistic Partners 1540 Carlemont Drive, Ste J Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Mervyn van Rooyen
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Hello Pete, I was horrified to hear your news! We’re so sorry. What does one say? Was Colleen sick? Our thoughts are with you. Regards, Your friend Mervyn

ramona warren
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete, Just to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this incredibly difficult time. Peace to you. With love and blessings, Ramona

DAVE BARBARA BOZICEVICH
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Peter, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Respectfully, Dave Boz

martha and rick franks
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Our memories of Colleen's infectious energy will remain with us forever ,as well as, miss her beautiful smile and generous hugs. Our hearts and prayers go out to her husband Pete and family at this time. God Bless, Martha and Rick Franks

Jeff Cheg
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Hi Pete Just got home this afternoon from 4 days in Timbavati to read the very sad email about Colleen. Erica and I are saddened by your loss. We have very found memories of Colleen going back to the late sixties Past on your message to Ken, Bobby, Merv, Neven and Reg Callanan. Is there anybody else you would like me to contact Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Love Erica and Jeff

Kiesha
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dear Pete, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know that there is nothing I can say to make this easier for you but, if you need anything please feel free to call. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Kiesha

Bill Atherton
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dear Pete, I cannot imagine what you are going through having lost Colleen. It is tempting to "what if" and torture yourself, which will only add to your misery. Remember how much you loved her and how good a husband you were, Sorry to send this by email, but if there is any way I can help, you have but to ask. If it would help to get out of the house you would be welcome to use the house in Milledgeville as long as you needed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill and Ann

Tom Miller
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Hi Pete, please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your wife. I know I am a long ways from you but if there is anything I can do please let me know. Tom

Jan Nel
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dear Pete & family It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Colleen. Beth and I have been at Marina for the past days and are route back to JHB today. Our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Lots of love Beth & Jan

Tom Bruce
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete & Family, Steph and I share in your loss of Coleen . Our condolences to you and family. We will chat when you are up to it. Look after yourself and family my friend. Tom Bruce Managing Director Crushing Equipment Pty Ltd.

tc
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dear Pete, Debbie and I wish to covey our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We were saddened and shocked to hear of Colleen's passing. We have always enjoyed our working relationship with you. Over the years it has become more than work, as you have become a friend. When you introduced us to Colleen it doubled, we always looked forward to your visits to Arizona. You and Colleen created a wonderful family and they will be a great strength for you. Pete, if there is anything Debbie or I can help you with or do for you, please let us know. Your friends and associates, Tom and Debbie

Mabyn
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dearest, most precious Pete, How sad we are about the news of Colleen’s sudden death. You must be absolutely devastated. We just want to tell you that all our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family at this time. Thank you for asking Rob to get hold of us. We have always considered both you and Colleen as one of our closest and most genuine friends so this is particularly sad for us as your friends. Please convey our condolences to all the children. We are so glad that we were able to catch up with Colleen and yourself when you were in South Africa last year. Like our trip to America 10 years ago it was a very memorable occasion for us. We pray that you may be strong through this very difficult time of adjusting to a new page in the book of life and one thing we can be very grateful of is that memories are there, happy, sad, funny and serious that can help us in the tough times. Be blessed special friend, All our love and support in prayer and thoughts from all of us. All the children send special love to you all. Alistair and Mabyn.

Doug Parsons
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete, Jennifer and I spent time last night discussing our memories of Colleen. She was one of the most gracious people we have ever met and we will carry those memories of her for the rest of our lives. We feel blessed to have known her and had the opportunity to be in your home for a short time. Pete, you too are a very special man who has seen and lived so much. Through my life-time there are only a handful of people that I will never forget. You, sir, are one of them. I admire your zest for life and optimism in the face of adversity. I have learned a lot from you. If there is ever anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to call me on my cell at 309-361-5582. Sincerely, Doug

Monika Courville
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time. Monika and Pete Courville

karen bassett
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Pete, Curt and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Colleen. She will be missed in exercise class and especially during coffee time after. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

Cindy and Ed
   Posted Wed May 05, 2010
Dear Pete, Rob, Raquel, Lee-Ann, Natalie, Charlene and Kevin, there are no words for a loss of this magnitude. A star has been removed from the sky - Colleen was a bright and shining gift to all who knew her, and we are left with a huge hole in our hearts. Your family is so special to us, and we hope we can be there for whatever you need in the days ahead. Please know that although this is a sad and terrible thing, Colleen left a great legacy - she was so dear to so many and will be terribly missed by all of us who loved her. Your friends, Cindy & Ed

Mike & Liz Butler
   Posted Thu May 06, 2010
Pete, Mike and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. We are out of town currently, but we will be thinking about you and your family.

Lawrence & Sheila Hyslop
   Posted Thu May 06, 2010
Fond memories of Colleen and happy holidays at San Lameer when the children were small. Sincere condolences to Pete and all the family.

Ann H Copelan
   Posted Thu May 06, 2010
My heart is heavy with receiving the news of Colleen's death. She was a wonderful role model as mother and wife, and the kind of friend that one could "pick up" right where one left off. To Pete and all the children, I'm so very sorry! With love. . . Ann

Leigh and Bob Lofgren
   Posted Thu May 06, 2010
We are truly sorry Peter and family on your loss of your beloved Colleen. Colleen was a good friend and we had some funny times, including the paint selections of the new house! She will/is greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

sharon gorman
   Posted Thu May 06, 2010
Dear Pete and Family, Joe and I are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are heavy and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. Love, Joe & Sharon Gorman

Denese & Freddy Kalk
   Posted Thu May 06, 2010
We wish Pete and families our heartfelt sympathy, we are so sorry for your loss, We knew Colleen and her parents from South Africa, she was a very special lady, we grew up together, she will be sadly missed. Always remember the special times that you all spent with her and know she is in a beautiful peacefull place.

Jan & Graham
   Posted Fri May 07, 2010
Dear Pete & Family It is with such sadness that we write to offer our sincere condolences on the passing of Colleen. Jan & I will say a prayer for all of you and raise a glass in celebration of the happy times we spent with Colleen and her family. Lots of love Jan & Graham

Sally N. Adams
   Posted Fri May 07, 2010
I am truly sorry for the loss of Colleen. I was in The Pilot Club with Colleen and always enjoyed being around her. She had such a great personality. She will be missed. Thinking and praying for you during this difficult time.

Fred & Cathy Holland
   Posted Fri May 07, 2010
Rob & Family, Sorry to hear of the death of your Mom. Looking at her picture, she is a very beautiful woman. If you need anything at all, just ask. Thinking of you.

Clarence Hunt Jr.
   Posted Fri May 07, 2010
Pete and family, you have my deepest sympathy during the lost of your love one Colleen. It is my prayer that god will grant you his peace and strength as you continue life's journey. God bless you all.

Carolyn Baur
   Posted Fri May 07, 2010
Please accept my sympathy on the passing of Colleen. She was a fun person to attend fitness classes with at Reynolds Lake Club. May God's peace be with you. Carolyn Baur

Melinda Talentino
   Posted Fri May 07, 2010
Peter....I'm so saddened and heartbroken for you and your family. I just cannot believe Colleen is really gone. When I think of Colleen, I have so many wonderful memories. The ones that come to mind first are of her making my wedding dress and all the concerts at Chastain Park. We've all been blessed that she was part of our lives.

Judy and Kent Johnson
   Posted Sat May 08, 2010
Dear Peter and family: We have all lost a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. We will always remember all the good times we have shared with Colleen. She was a very giving person and loved by everyone who knew her. She will be missed so very much but she will always be in our hearts and souls forever. With love, Judy and Kent

Paige Davenport
   Posted Wed May 12, 2010
Lee-Ann & family- I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Colleen. She was an incredible mom to all of her children- including all of the Sibley children :) I remember thinking she had a GREAT sense of humor!! LOVE YOU Smith family!!!