The Richmond Register


June 21, 2012

Sue Elaine Sitton Smith, 79

RICHMOND — Sue Elaine Sitton Smith, 79, widow of Ted N. Smith, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012. She was under Hospice care at UK Markey Cancer Center.

Sue was born October 19, 1932, in Paynesville, Missouri, to the late Thomas F. and Julia F. (Bryant) Sitton. She graduated high school in Pike County, Missouri, in 1951, and graduated in 1955 from West Virginia University with a double major in English and speech; with minors in education, drama, art and social studies.

Sue served as an intern in Washington, D.C., for her Congressman and remained interested in politics her whole life. She met her husband Ted during their college years. Ted had served as a medic in the Korean War and was also planning to be a teacher. Ted eventually took a professorial position at EKU, and they moved to Richmond where they raised their family and lived out their lives.

Instead of teaching, Sue decided to become a Realtor. She received her real estate license in 1978 and ultimately her broker's license, as well as several other designations, ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), GRI (Graduate of Realtor Institute), CTA (Certified Tourism Ambassador), SRES (Senior’s Real Estate Specialist) and NAR Green (National Association of Realtors Green). She became the owner/broker of Sue Smith Realty.

She loved learning, and over the years acquired almost all of the designations that can be awarded to a Realtor. By her peers, she was awarded one of the most prestigious real estate awards — Realtor of the Year! She served on all of the committees and unselfishly helped countless new Realtors learn the business. Her customers always came first, and they became her friends. She sold many of them houses over and over. From word of mouth, she became one of the most successful Realtors in the business. Many a deal was finished after a big home-cooked meal at her dining room table!

Sue was an active member of Mt. Zion Christian Church, Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, Retired Teachers Association, Profit Makers Stock Club, Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors, Madison County Board of Realtors, Democratic Women's Network, and Richmond Area Arts Council. Sue was a gourmet cook, enjoyed collecting beautiful china and silver pieces, and took great pride in passing on her homemaking skills to her grandchildren. But not just her own family, everyone she came into contact with was just as likely to get advice on a new home, or a seat at her table.

Sue was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Theodore Noss Smith.

She is survived by her three sons: Linden Bryant Smith of Lexington, George Thomas Smith (Jennifer) of Lexington, and Darrell Kevin Smith (Sara) of Berea; six grandchildren, Griffin, Emily, and Graham Smith of Lexington, and Carter, Walter, and Elliott Smith of Berea; one brother, Thomas Carroll Sitton (Louise) of Eolia, Missouri; three special nieces, Mary Carpenter of Plainfield, Illinois; Katherine Rollins of Frankfort, Illinois; and Julia Schnell of La Porte, Texas; two nephews, Thomas Sitton of Bowling Green, Missouri; and Teddy Smith of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania; and several cousins.

Memorial service to be held at Mt. Zion Christian Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, officiated by Maria Oliver and J. Randall Osborne.

In accordance with Sue's wishes, her body was bequeathed to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Memorial donations suggested to Hospice Care Plus of Berea.


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