Tina Orton Smokovich, 64

Tina Orton Smokovich, 64, of Georgetown, Del., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, at her residence. She was born July 15, 1955, in Lewes, Del., daughter of the late Capt. James Richard Orton and Barbara S. Orton.

Smokovich was a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, in the Class of 1973, and the Beebe School of Nursing, in the Class of 1976. She enjoyed a lifelong career as a registered nurse, beginning at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, then moving to Milwaukee, Wis., for several years, where she and her husband started their family and raised two beautiful children. After 15 years in Milwaukee, Smokovich and her family moved to Newark, Del., where she worked in the cardiac ICU at Christiana Hospital. She retired from Christiana after 25 dedicated years.

Smokovich had a passion for people and caring for them, from her countless patients to her mother in her golden years. During her retirement, Smokovich took pleasure in reading, playing Candy Crush, shopping with her best friend, Joyce, and being a part of her Wednesday breakfast group, the “Cape Henlopen Women’s Honor Society.”

Above all, she cherished time spent with those she held dear. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend who was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Smokovich was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Tom Smokovich. She is survived by her daughter, Heather E. Meredith and her husband, Ryan, of Wilmington, N.C.; her son, Toby J. Smokovich of Georgetown; her granddaughter, Paige; her brothers, Rich Orton and his wife, Linda, of West Chester, Pa., Gerry Orton of Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Rob Orton and his wife, Dana, of Lewes; her sister, Tammy Campbell and her husband, Mike, of Newtown, Pa.; her numerous nieces and nephews; her best friend of 60 years, Joyce Edgens of Georgetown; her loyal canine companion, Minxie; and several dear friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., with visitation for friends starting at 10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Del. Interment will follow at St. Peters Cemetery, Pilottown Road, Lewes. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.