Linda Carol Smith

Ms. Linda Carol Smith, aged 70 of Newport News, Virginia, passed away March 13, 2022.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie T and Maria Josephine (Guarino) Smith.  She is survived by two sisters, JoAnna Smith of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Petrina (Jace) Davis of Mooresville, Indiana; six nieces and two nephews and multiple great nieces and nephews, closest friend Kathy Jaremski, and her fur babies Maggie Ann and Sophia Lynn.

She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Linda attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she received her Bachelor’s degree in music, and Temple University where she received her Master’s degree in film studies. 

Linda worked at Ball State University’s Theatre Department in Muncie, Indiana as the Costume Shop Manager for seventeen years.  While there she was also the caterer for the president of Ball State University.  Linda was a soprano for the Muncie Masterworks Chorale.  The group was invited to sing at Radio City Music Hall.  In 2004 she was hired as the Cutter/Draper/Patternmaker at the Costume Design Center in Colonial Williamsburg where she worked until her passing.  Linda received a grant from Colonial Williamsburg to study eighteenth century historical garments throughout British museums.  Linda was also a member of the Costume Society of America. 

Linda was an avid photographer, loved to cook and collected multiple cookbooks.  She was a loving and devoted aunt to her nieces and nephews, enjoyed going to museums and watching old movies.  Linda truly loved her fur babies, even to the point of home cooking for them.

Linda was a kid at heart, never revealing her age to anyone, telling everyone she was three years old her whole life. 

Linda’s Celebration of Life is Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 4:00-6:00PM at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, Virginia.


  1. Deirdre Jones Cardwell

    I am so grateful to have encountered Ms. Linda while working at Colonial Williamsburg. She took great care of me and so many others. She was one of the first people I met when I started working there. I am so grateful for how she consistently treated us with dignity and respect and she was encouraging and compassionate especially when fitting us for intimate apparel of the 18th Century. I will miss her presence there and I send my prayers to all who mourn her loss.

  2. Larry DeVore

    Remember her well at Harry E Wood High School of Indianapolis, a great competitor to my wife in many musical and singing clubs of the school. She was a close friend to Elizabeth Author, whom my best Buddy dated. A good friend at school, she will be missed. I pray for her family, May God bless and comfort them.

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