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Emma Nelson Smith

December 9, 1942 — May 16, 2024

Cedar Island

Emma Nelson Smith, 81, of Cedar Island, North Carolina, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at Carteret Health Care.

A graveside service to honor Emma’s life will be held at Cedar Island Community Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Kevin Stott. Service details will be shared once finalized. 

Emma was born on December 9, 1942. Born and raised in Alabama, Emma later moved to North Carolina. At the tender age of 19, she married her sweetheart, Charles, and they were blessed with 62 years together. Their life journey together was a testament to their commitment and devotion to one another.  

Throughout her life, she worked as a home health aide, providing a reassuring balm to numerous families over the years through her constant presence and faithful, dedicated assistance. In quiet moments, Emma found joy in the intricate puzzles of crosswords, a reflection of her sharp mind and love for challenges. 
 
Emma's gentle spirit and caring demeanor touched the lives of all those around her. Known for her unwavering strength and boundless love, Emma will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know her.

Those remaining to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Charles Wayne Smith; son, Tony Smith of Jacksonville, FL; daughter-in-law, Kimberley Smith of Cedar Island, NC; grandchildren, Destiny Michelle Smith of Newport, NC, Jasmine Elaine Smith Dobert (Nicholas) of New Bern, NC, Adrian Wayne Smith (Hailey Salter) of Cedar Island, NC, and Christopher Norris, Crystal Sylvain, Mark Smith (Kimberly), Michael (Sara) Smith and Dylan Smith, all of Florida; great-grandchildren, Travis Parker Smith Dobert, Carter Wayne Smith, Serenity Elaine Smith, Spencer James Smith, Micah Smith, Laila Smith, Anna Smith, Kyla Sylvain, Nathan Sylvain and Caleb Griffin; along with a multitude of loved extended family from the Smith and Nelson families.

In addition to her parents and all of her siblings, Emma was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Smith Holliway; sons, Gregory Scott Smith and Travis Paul Smith; and grandson, Alexander Wyman Smith.

As an expression of sympathy, flowers are welcome.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences.

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, NC.



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