Karen Frisco Smith
October 11, 1950- October 23, 2020
Karen Marie Smith, 70, of Prince Frederick, MD passed away at her home with her family by her side, on Friday, October 23, 2020. On October 11, 1950 the most amazing woman and mother I would ever know was born to the late Victor and Ophelia Birdie Frisco in Prince Frederick, MD. Karen was also preceded in death by her brothers, Richard and James Frisco.
She grew up in Hallowing Point on the Patuxent River which is where her great love of the water began. While growing up she spent every moment she could on the beach or in the water. She graduated from Calvert High School in 1968.
Karen married her high school sweetheart, the late William Clifton Smith, in 1969 and they lived together in Prince Frederick for 44 years until his death in 2013. She is survived by her son, James Clifton Smith and her daughter Sandra Lynn Smith, her granddaughters Samantha Marie and Haley Renee Smith, her honorary granddaughter, Tifani Marie Evans, her niece Debbie Frisco, and several great nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her honorary grandson Kyle James Hooper.
She worked at Calvert Memorial Hospital for almost 30 years having many different roles in those years. Although her main role was the manager of the patient access department. The hospital was a perfect place for her to work considering her genuine kindness, caring, and love for people and helping them. She was unforgettable to most people that met her and could make friends anywhere. I was always amazed by how almost everywhere we went she knew someone. We always knew when we went somewhere with her and couldn’t find her that she had found someone she knew to talk to. Mom had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to joke around just to make other people laugh and be happy. I can’t count the number of times she told me how good it made her feel to help someone and there is certainly a long list of people she lent a helping hand. Her amazing strength and faith are probably two of the biggest qualities people noticed about her. On Sunday mornings she loves to go to church at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She was very active in the church by serving on the vestry and teaching a children’s Sunday school class.
One of her biggest passions was shooting pool which she did for many, many years and she loved her many pool friends she made over the years. Fishing was also a much loved hobby of hers. She also loved just going out for a boat ride. She just loved being around the water which is why I think Ocean City was one of her favorite places to visit. Also, as most of you know, she loved a good party and was the life of the party. She loved to dance at parties and she definitely knew how to have fun and loved life. I think the fact that so many people loved her shows what a wonderful person she was. We will all miss her so much more than I think she ever realized. We will all miss her and love her always.
We will be having a reception in her honor at the American Legion, Post 238, 6265 Brandywine RD Hughesville, MD 20637 on November 7, 2020 at 4:00.
Contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 25 Church Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.