Kirkwood, Rahma Smith

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kirkwood rahma smithRahma Smith Kirkwood, of Christiansburg, formerly of Salem, born June 21, 1924, expired peacefully in the kind services of Richfield and Good Samaritan Hospice in Salem, VA on Thursday, November 14, 2013 with her sister and dearest companion, Lydia Reece, by her side.

By our loving and humble accounts, she lived a charmed life, had a gentle spirit and was the beloved wife to her soul mate, William “Bill” Kirkwood. Her family cherished her. Sisters and brothers were naturally drawn to her kindness, fairness, friendship, and smile. Nieces and nephews could count on her for additional motherly advice, unconditional acceptance, and boundless love. Close friendships and ties even brought her honorary titles of “Grandmother” as she poured all her maternal love onto the innocent faces of many honorary grandchildren.

Never a more generous, more loving or more elegant individual known simply to us all as, “Rahma”. For those of us who had the privilege of knowing this lovely lady and to appreciate her fun and adventurous nature as well as her famously dry sense of humor, we will dearly miss our loved one, our courageous companion and friend. A life well lived, and an exceptional role model for us to emulate. Now and forevermore our everlasting Guardian Angel. God Speed Dearest Rahma Lee.

Rahma had been a resident of The Oaks Richfield Retirement Community in Salem. She lived most of her adult life in Roanoke.

She was born third in a family of ten siblings in Floyd County on June 21, 1924 to the late Grover Smith and Gladys Aldridge Smith and was raised in Blacksburg on their picturesque family farm off of Yellow Sulphur Road. Rahma graduated from Blacksburg High School, worked and retired from the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company.

Rahma married William R. Kirkwood of Thaxton in 1949. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Roanoke. They were blessed with a “Match-Made-in-Heaven” union that lasted for 48 blissful years until Bill’s untimely passing in 1997.

Rahma was a member of Raleigh Court United Methodist Church in Roanoke, and enjoyed her weekly ladies luncheon with fellow members. She loved to garden, cook, read and cheer for her favorite sports teams, the Washington Redskins, the Atlanta Braves and Virginia Tech Hokies. She enjoyed traveling of any kind, but especially loved visiting her family members all across the U.S.

Rahma was preceded in death by her parents, Grover and Gladys Aldridge Smith. Her husband, William R. Kirkwood, her sisters, Virginia Aileen Absher, Talmia “Ted” Smith, Irene S. Hagan Lois Jewel Elliott and Mary Katherine Liano. Her brothers, John Helms Smith, Grover Curtis Smith and William Lloyd “Bill” Smith.

Rahma is survived by her sister, Lydia Alice Reece of Christiansburg; nieces and nephews, Carolyn Thompson and Charles Akers of Dublin, Howard “Skip” Elliott, Robert Wayne Elliott and Greg Elliott of Richmond, Michael Smith of Ohio, Lydia M. Lennertz and M. Belinda Kolodz of Palm Beach County, FL, Eric Wilson of Roanoke, Frank M. Wilson of Cincinnati, OH and numerous great nieces and great nephews.

The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Haider and Ruth Ann for their care and kindness.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 11:00 am in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roy Miller of Raleigh Court United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 5-7:00 pm at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, SW, Blacksburg.