In Loving Memory

Beatrice (Whitmore) Smith

January 1, 1927
May 28, 2020
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Beatrice E. (Whitmore) Smith, 93, passed away on May 28, 2020 in her Brenham home.

Beatrice, who most knew as “Bea”, was born on January 1, 1927, to parents Charles and Jane (DePledge) Whitmore. She was born in Elmira, New York, and grew up in the area. Bea graduated from Southside High School in Elmira, New York, in 1945.

On August 3, 1946, Bea was united in marriage to DeWitt Ira Smith, at First Baptist church in Elmira, New York. They were married for 54 of years prior to his passing on February 21, 2001.They enjoyed spending time traveling together. After DeWitt’s retirement, they lived in Lakeway, Texas. In their later years, they enjoyed many cruises with friends. They especially enjoyed seeing Alaska and Europe. Wherever they lived, they were always involved in church, charity, and community events.

In later years when Bea moved to Brenham, she became a resident of Kruse Village. She enjoyed the sense of community there and made many friends. She always looked forward to games of pitch and 49. Bea was a thoughtful and generous person, and she found many small but impactful ways to be involved in the Brenham community, like using her cooking talents to bake homemade cookies for the Citizens on Patrol bake sale fundraiser and events at her church, Champion Fellowship.

Bea’s surviving loving family includes: children and their spouses, DeWitt Smith (Debbie), Deena Harkins (David), Mark Smith (Corina); grandchildren Stephanie and Joseph Sobotik, Dustin and Logyn Smith, Shelby and Kyndal Hadash, and Jake Smith; great-grandchildren Peyton, Presley, Fisher Sobotik-Becker, Meyer Smith-Karsyn, Styrling Hadash; and sister Verna (John) Tetz.

Bea is preceded in death by husband of 54 years, DeWitt, their infant daughter Donna Jane; her parents; sister Dot Jane; and brother Charles Whitmore.

In accordance with Bea’s wishes, she will be cremated. Her ashes will be interred in Lakeway, Texas alongside her late husband DeWitt. Please join the family for a memorial service at Champion Fellowship, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Condolences may be sent to