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Karlotta "Joey" (Staursky) Withers Smith

February 4, 1969 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 54) 54 Years Old


This past Thanksgiving evening, November 23, 2023, beloved wife, Joey Smith, was taken by cancer, at age 54. Though she had been ill for many months and hospitalized for several weeks, she remained positive, caring of others, and gave of her unique charm, throughout. She was resting comfortably at home in Stafford, with her husband and dogs at her side that she loved so very much.

Joey was fortunate to have retired from a long career at Safeway, so she could spend her time caring for others and the dogs she loved so dearly. Immediately, she provided loving in-home care to her husband's aging parents. She then focused on work at a local kennel and was active with PETA and the SPCA, as well as, the recent rescue and relocation of nearly 4000 Beagles who were being bred at a facility in Virginia that were then sold to laboratories for drug experiments.

She is lovingly remembered by her devoted husband, Derek; stepchildren Dylan, Dean, and Rhianna; siblings, Kris, Karen, Karole, Kathy, and John; dogs, Bella, Tiny, Wishbone, and Molly. Joey was preceded by her parents, John and Delores; and previous husband, Ronald Withers.

She was a tree of life.

“You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2023 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.


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