Gail I. Smith, homemaker and volunteer, dies at 52

Gail I. Smith
homemaker, volunteer

Gail I. Smith, a Springfield homemaker who volunteered through numerous organizations in Northern Virginia, died Jan. 31 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was 52.

The cause was complications from breast cancer, said her husband, Doug Smith.

Mrs. Smith volunteered with the Newington Forest Community Association in Springfield, Newington Forest Elementary School, the Cub Scouts, Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton, Va., and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church preschool in Burke, Va.

Gail Irene Henry was born in Falls Church, Va., and grew up in Rockville, Md. She graduated from Rockville High School in 1979 and received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maryland in 1986. She received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, she worked in a Montgomery County law office and later was a technical editor with the STX Corp. in Prince George’s County.

Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Doug Smith, and three sons, Alexander Smith, Grant Smith and Zachary Smith, all of Springfield; her father, James J. Henry of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister, Beverly Gorman of Leesburg, Va.; and a brother, James A. Henry of Hagerstown, Md.

— Emily Langer

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