Theresa Alison Smyth, known to all as Alison, passed away
in Carlisle on February 28 following a long illness. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 27, 1988, to a Foreign Service
family, she subsequently lived in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Jamaica before returning to the United States to complete high
A 2006 valedictorian of South Lakes High School, Reston,Virginia,
Alison was a student at the University of Virginia pursuing a dual major in psychology and biology, reflecting her keen interest
in animal behavior, her skills in animal spotting and tracking, and her talent for conflict resolution. Fearless in all endeavors
and deeply contemptuous of all hypocrisy or cruelty, she enjoyed rock climbing, hiking, literature, knitting, aquatics, and
the theater, and was unreservedly devoted to her family and friends.
Known for her quick wit, curiosity, intelligence, and all-encompassing
compassion, Alison leaves behind her grieving parents, Janice and Richard Smyth of Carlisle, her dear sister, Caitlin Smyth
of Newport News, Virginia, grandmother, Kathleen Sullivan of Atlanta, Georgia, grandparents, Ronald and Alyce Smyth of Bend,
Oregon, loving uncles, aunts, cousins and her beloved friends. Her father is currently detailed to the Peacekeeping and Stability
Operations Institute at the U.S. Army War College.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010,
at 3:00 p.m., with visitation from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with
Rev. Duane Fickeisen officiating. Following the service, family and friends will be received at the Smyth residence. In lieu
of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Alison’s memory to one of her favorite charities, the Jamaica Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 10 Winchester Rd., Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies or to Horse Power for Life, 219
Prescott Dr., Chester Spring, PA 19425.
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My honorary Sri Lankan, you will be missed. I will never
forget when we met and you greeted me with "ayubowan." Thank you for the fun times with the South
lunch table crew and your ability to always make me giggle.
Al is one of the strongest people I've ever known, and
the strength of her character and the beauty of her soul will live on in all of us. She is a true inspiration to everyone
and her joyous existence will truly be missed.
Dearest Al, I love you so much and I miss you dearly. When I looked
up at the stars, I saw one shining brighter than the others and I knew it was you shining down on us.
I remember Al as one of the most genuine, warm, &
talented students at South Lakes. She packed a lot of experiences into her too brief life and made a more positive impact
on people than most of us ever will. Although no words can mitigate the tragedy of losing a child before her time, I
hope you can take comfort in knowing that her strength, character and beauty made her beloved to so many people. God
bless all of you.
Elizabeth Knapp, receptionist at SLHS
Today, there is a new Angel born. You
will live on and on in all our hearts and our most precisous memories.
I am so sorry to hear of the death of Alison.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Sharon Brophy, SLHS
I have very fond memories of Alison in our IB French
class. She was a very warm and caring person and we will always remember her like that.
Madame Bachman, SLHS
Though I've never met Alison, I feel as though
I really missed out on someone very Special. Just hearing Gail speak about her tells me that she was truly an exceptional
person. While we don't always understand why these things happen the way they do, know that there is a master plan and
the One who is our Creator never makes a mistake. She is resting in a much better place. God bless the family.
Al, my beautiful Princess. Life is less wonderful
without you. I will never forget your joy, your happiness your loving self. The Lord knows why he called you home.
We will try to live our life with the dignity, the honesty and the joy that you would want. Sleep well my Angel, Until we
meet you on the other side.
I first met Alison nine years ago when her family
were posted in Jamaica, and we both attended the same school, the American International School of Kingston. Since that time,
our families remained close, even after the Smyths had returned to the States in 2004. What I will miss most about her, apart
from our friendship, are among many things: our hours long talks while laying on our backs on her tennis court at her house
in Jamaica, her beautiful smile, her sense of humor and clever wit, her grace and her refined demeanor and elegance, something
she did not try to put on as it just came naturally to her. She is the type of young woman you aspired to be, as she held
a keen sense of self-composure and confidence unusual for someone as young as she was. I guess am still feeling a little shell-shocked.
I know she is no longer in pain but it still does not soften the blow of this news.
My Dearest Alison,
You brought so much joy and good cheer to
my life. Your wicked sense of humor and your extraordinary bravery in the face of adversity enriched all of us.
You were a great gift to this world.
I will always remember think of Alison as the happy, fun
loving person she was when we visited in Jamaica. Alison, Paul and Caity had such fun together as we toured the island and
renewed our friendship after years of separation between our two families. Alison's love of animals was particularly evident
then as she and Paul played endlessly with the two dogs. Ali's warmth, kindness and most of all her wit were the things I
remember most. The banter between the 3 teens was such fun to watch and listen to. Ali's laughter and her smile will remain
in our hearts always.
Fran, David & Paul Ward
Janice, Rich and Caitlin,
Words can't begin to express
how sorry we are at the loss of your Alison. Please know we are holding you all in our hearts and prayers.
Mary, Sarah & Albert Bjork
Al was one person that always picked me up when I saw
her at uva. Even while she was sick, she made me happier from just being with her. I cannot express my sorrows with words.
I will always try to remember Al and live my life to be a better person and to treat animals and nature the way Al always
did. Al is painfree up there in heaven and she will keep tabs on all of us I am sure. We will all get to see her again someday
I am sure of that.
We met Alison when we served at the U.S. Embassy
in Kingston. We will always remember her smile and cheerful disposition. Walk good among the angels.
and Marta Ferenchak
Having only known Alison for a few weeks
as her nurse, I felt a kinship with her being so close in age. I regret that I did not have the opportunity to know her when
she was well, because I know that she would have been a friend. My thoughts and prayers will be with her family. Sometimes
it is the people we only know for a little while that make the biggest impact on our lives.
In Islam we say ''God Has Created us and to God we go.''
is nothing we can do to stop that.
Kindly accept our Condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with her.
Allah bless her.
The Pacha Family
God bless her soul.
She remained so composed and optimistic through out. It is hard to convince myself that this sad news is true.
I wish that it was not true.
I can understand the difficult situation that you are going through. I think that
it is the most difficult thing in the world for a parent to lose a child. I pray that God may give you the strength
to bear this irreparable loss. May her soul rest in peace.
"We all come from Him and return
to Him." It is not the end of the road for her , it is the beginning of a new one to a new life. Death brings
pain for the family but peace for the deceased. Condolences.
Ambassador Masood Khalili
Rich and Jacnice,
I am saddened to learn of Alison's death. Her
brave struggle, and yours along with her, brings courage to us all. May the Lord, our God, bind up your broken hearts
and bring comfort and peace to you during these days. With deepest respect and sympathy.
Steven Berry, Kabul,
It is hard to imagine what my childhood
would have been like without Alison living down the street. Despite us not being as close these past few years
as we were as children, she was truly a great friend, and someone that will forever be in my heart. I will miss her
Alison, thank you so much for the memories and the lessons you taught me. The world is a lesser place
To the Smyth Family: You have meant so much to me as a friend
of Al, and remind me of every reason why her and I have been such good frends. You have inspired her to become the person
that we all remember. She will live in all of our hearts and give us reason to smile each day in her memory.
- Your strength and courage will forever serve as inspiration to everyone that was fortunate enough to meet you. We
are all so greatful for your friendship and everything that you managed to teach us during the short time you were with us.
We know that you will be with us always, and will continue to look to you for guidance.
Theresa Alison Smyth aka Al
Al, I love and miss you soo
much, with you I have the best memories ever, we were inseparable. I know most friends have had at least one fight...we
never ever did, all we had were laughs and great times. I will forever carry al in my heart and so will many others. I want
us to remember that Al is not gone. She is still here with us and I would like to dedicate a song to her. In the
Arms of an Angel - Sarah McLachan. I can write a novel on the memories that Al and I created together in Jamaica. I
cherish and still have the picture she made for me when she was moving from Jamaica, I still have the picture of Al, Rowena,
and I at the marine corp ball on my dresser and the pink scarf that she knitted for me when I went to visit her in Virginia,
those items I have always cherished and held dear to me and I always will for they will be the piece of Al that I will be
able to keep with me through life. Al was my best friend of all time and she will always be, for she will forever live in
Al I love you and may you rest in peace.
Your best friend
It is my deep regret that I never really knew you.
Your dear parents and I go back a long way, however. I still vividly remember their joyous long distance phone call
to me when you were born. They were pleased to tell me your name: Alison, which is also my name.
We spent a long
weekend together at the outer banks in North Carolina- many years ago- you and your sister were both little. I was pregnant
with my daughter. You and I befriended each other on that beach- you were so precious and loving- you made me so happy
that I was going to have a daughter because I wanted one just like you.
I know we would have been friends. We
share a love of animals and horses. I wish you could have told me the tales of your interesing life. Though I
never really knew you, the loss of you leaves me empty and aching. I will be thinking of you.
Rich and Janice and family,
Our heartfelt thoughts and
prayers are with you. Please accept our deepest condolences.
"The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His
face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace."
John and Julie Manta
Al, I love and miss you soo much, with you I have the best
memories ever, we were inseparable. I know most friends have had at least one fight...we never ever did, all we had
were laughs and great times. I will forever carry al in my heart and so will many others. I want us to remember that Al is
not gone. She is still here with us and I would like to dedicate a song to her. In the Arms of an Angel - Sarah
McLachan. I can write a novel on the memories that Al and I created together in Jamaica. I cherish and still have the
picture she made for me when she was moving from Jamaica, I still have the picture of Al, Rowena, and I at the marine corp
ball on my dresser and the pink scarf that she knitted for me when I went to visit her in Virginia, those items I have always
cherished and held dear to me and I always will for they will be the piece of Al that I will be able to keep with me through
life. Al was my best friend of all time and she will always be, for she will forever live in my heart. Al I love you and may
you rest in peace.Your best friend from JamaicaimeeFrom:
Condolences to the sad family.
"From God we come, and to God we
Haji Din Mohammed, Governor of Kabul
Dear Rich, Janice and Caitlin:
We remember Alison from our days together
in Sri Lanka. Reading all of the lovely remembrances of Alison we know how much you and the rest of her family contributed
to her being the beloved daughter, friend, student and classmate she grew to be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
in the knowledge that although you now struggle with your grief you are strong and loving people who will overcome your grief
and continue your many contributions to this world. May Alison rest in peace and may you all find peace again soon.
Tony, Steven and Emily Barbaro
Our heartfelt sympathy to Rich, Janice and Caitlyn. We are so sorry to hear of Alison's
passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Pat and Michael Page and family
Dear Rich and Janice:
I are shocked and deeply saddened at the news of the passing of your darling daughter Alison. We will keep you in our prayers
during this difficult time and hope you take comfort in knowing that she is in the loving arms of the Lord.
rest in peace.
Delroy and Pat Chuck, Kingston, Jamaica
I am saddened to hear of the loss of
your daughter. My sympathy goes out for Richard & Janice and the rest of the family. I too have lost a daughter at age
18 so I know the pain you experience at this moment.
May God give you the strength at this your moment of sorrow.
U.S Embassy, Kingston staff who remember you send their sympathy, and wish for you God's comfort.
I am very sorry to hear of your loss.
Rich, I was so sorry to read about
the death of your daughter. (Joe Toussaint shared the obituray that was in the local Reston paper. ) She sounded like
quite a special person and you must have been so proud of her. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult
Rich: I was saddened to read in the Reston
Connection that your daughter passsed away. As a father of an only daughter, I can only begin to comprehend your grief.
Please accept my condolences. Joe
I offer my heartfelt condolences as
well as prayers for Alison and each of you.
She was good-hearted, bright and beautiful, each in abundant measure and
any one rare enough in these times. She made everyone feel special.
Rumi writes 'the drunks fear the police but the
police are drunk too, and in our village we love them both like different pieces on a chess board.' He means that God makes
nothing by accident. Certainly, we were blessed to know such a rare and fine work as Alison and anything so well made will
be kept close to her maker.
Again, with my deepest condolences and prayers I remain
On behalf of the Fire Protection Office
in the Operations Directorate of the State Department, our sincere condolences on the loss of your daughter, sister and friend.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The news of untimely demise of your beloved daughter
has deeply saddened me and my family. Please accept our heartfelt condolence on this tragic loss; we can imagine your sense
of grief, shock and misery.
I pray to Almighty God, whom we share all, to bestow upon you
the strength and patience to enable you bearing this momentous loss with courage and fortitude. I also pray for the departed
innocent soul. Aameen!
Brigadier Naseer Khan, Pakistan Army
I never realized Al's birthday was the day
after mine in August. However did we overlook that!
I remember Al filling me in on missed Grey's Anatomy episodes
she had seen during treatment - we swooned over similar men!
No one can capture the soul/spirit of a person as vibrant
as Al. Our hearts go out to Rich, Janice and Caity.
Drew and Ronald
I remember meeting all members of the Smyth family during
visits to the Grievance Staff office in Rosslyn before your transfer to Sri Lanka. How deeply saddened I was to read
today in the Foreign Service Journal that Alison died in March. Please accept my condolences on the untimely death
of your daughter.
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