Lysbeth Ann "Libby" Smailes

Birth Date: 
Saturday, August 19, 1933
Date of Passing: 
Sunday, April 9, 2017

WOOSTER – Lysbeth Ann “Libby” Smailes, 83 of Wooster passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster.

She was born August 19, 1933 in Dover, the daughter of John L. and Grace C. Allton Woods.  She married Thomas Alan Smailes in 1954.  He survives.

Libby was raised in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  She was a 1951 graduate of Coshocton High School and attended The Ohio State University.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Catherine Ann Dunaway (Michael Dunaway) of Marietta, David Alan Smailes (Maureen Noonan) of Framingham, Mass., Suzanne Allyn Smailes (Sheila Darrow) of Yellow Springs and Robert Andrew Smailes (Kazuko Smailes of Kobe, Japan); granddaughters, Shauna (Jeremy) Cornwell, Marisa Dunaway and Kokoro Smailes; a great-grandson Cameron Cornwell; a brother, John K. Woods and a special family member, IeLin Leong of Garden Grove, California.

Libby believed in giving back to her community.  She was a member of the Wooster United Methodist Church and was active in the Methodist Women’s Association, a member of the Dorcas Circle and was on various boards of the Church.  She had served as President of Welcome Wagon, was President of the Junior Women’s League and Junior Women’s Club, had been President of the Wee Care Center and had served on the board of United Way, the board of College Hills and Wayne County Art Center.

She had been the secretary of the College of Wooster’s Dean of Women, Mrs. Golder, was active in the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland and was a lifelong Scout, had been the secretary in the Music Department of Wooster High School, was the coordinator of older adult programs at the Wooster Community Center, was the coordinator of programs at West View Manor, was active in P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter AP.

Libby loved herb gardening, knitting, crafts, painting and teaching painting lessons.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the United Methodist Women (UMW), 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 or to the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter A.P., c/o Carol Thompson, 868 Lois Ave., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

“She’s pretty to walk with, and witty to talk with, and pleasant to think of, too”.

Memorial Contributions: 

United Methodist Women (UMW), 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 or the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter A.P.,  c/o Carol Thompson, 868 Lois Ave., Wooster, OH 44691.


No calling hours


Memorial service at a later date


Libby was a kind, caring and witty person. Such a joy to know. We have been blessed to have known her (and Tom) through our lives. She will have a beautiful garden in heaven. Love and prayers to the family.

Karen & Louie Amicangelo

Jim and I so enjoyed many good times with Tom and Libby. Laughter was a key ingredient of all our shared meals and get-togethers. Wow -- 63 years of marriage -- impressive. I have enjoyed the painted Santa each Christmas, which Libby made. She was indeed a talented lady! All my best to Tom, David and Rob. You all have many memories to cherish.

Tom and family,
offering my deepest sympathy in your loss.
Thinking of you.

Julie Covert and Family

Tom and family,
offering my deepest sympathy in your loss.
Thinking of you.

Julie Covert and Family

Tom & family , My thoughts & prayers are with you. I really enjoyed working with Libby with the Girl Scouts some years back. May she rest in peace free of any pain .

Dear Tom and family,

What a wonderful life of service Libby had! We knew of a few of her involvements, but were impressed by the long list of organizations that she served. She will be missed, of course, but you will still have many memories to comfort you in years to come.

Sincerely, Roy and Ruth

Suzanne we are so sorry to here about the death of your mom. We will remember you and your family in our prayers. May God grant you comfort and peace.

So sorry, Tom. Just remember Libby from our class reunions. God be with you and give you peace.

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