Sheryll Lynn Smith
March 18th, 1955 – September 23rd, 2023
At 2:35 AM on the morning of Saturday, September 23, 2023, Sheryll Lynn Smith passed away from this world into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Sheryll was 68 years old. Sheryll was born to Marshall and Rosemary Beatty in 1955 in New Milford, Connecticut.
Sheryll spent her life helping everyone who she met along the way. She attended nursing school and became a registered nurse. Sheryll dedicated herself to the service of this nation, receiving her commission as Naval Officer in the United States Navy Nurse Corps. She served with honor and concluded her service in the United States Navy at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, achieving the rank of Lieutenant. Sheryll went on to continue nursing, serving the local community by assisting the elderly and the mentally ill. She specialized in the field of Geriatric Psychology. Sheryll worked as a nurse at the National Institute of Health, Chestnut Lodge Psychiatric Hospital, and in several other positions as well. Sheryll Smith met and eventually married her husband, Michael Ray Smith, also a veteran of the United States Navy. Together they raised two children, David and Robert. Sheryll settled in Gaithersburg Maryland with her family, and later lived in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Sheryll loved to take care of others the most. Sheryll had a passion for medicine. No matter what the ailment, Sheryll always had a recommendation for how to help you feel better or advice on what you should do. She also loved animals, especially the dogs she had throughout her life (Hollis, Max, and Buddy) Sheryll was skilled with her hands, and crafted throughout her life. Most of all, Sheryll’s biggest passion was her love for Jesus. Sheryll never wasted an opportunity to offer a helping hand, or share God’s love and gift of salvation with others. Sheryll was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and later attended Emmanuel Baptist Temple in Hagerstown, Maryland. Despite living with disabling medical conditions most of her adult life, Sheryll never complained, and lived her life in a way that God’s love shined through her daily.
Sheryll is preceded in death by her father, Marshall, her mother, Rosemary, her brothers Alden and Peter, and her sister, Carolyn. She is survived by her husband Michael, her two children, David and Robert, grandchildren Cameron and Juliette, and several brothers, nieces, and nephews. Sheryll loved her entire family, and was a wonderful, faithful, devoted wife and mother.
A visitation and service will be held at Rest Haven Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. Hagerstown, MD, Thursday, October 5th, at 10:00 AM. Following this a brief chapel service with will be held at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery, Alleghany County, Maryland at 2: 00 PM.
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:6-8 KJV).