Edeltraud Smith
December 27, 2020

Smith, Edeltraud J, 79 the kindest sweetest, most caring person you could ever meet will no longer be hosting get togethers in the back yard. In lieu of sending flowers, we ask that you buy a living one for yourself. This spring plant a Hydrangea, Chrysanthemum, or Lavender Rhododendron in your garden and think of her every time you see it. Add some herbs. Especially chives or basil. Plant a cherry tree if that’s more your style.

Traude was the proud daughter of Johann Brandstetter, a revered kapellmeister and his wife Priska who lived to be 103. She was raised in the rolling vineyards of lower Austria. She was an amazing mother and the most loving wife. She kept deep friendships and the strongest family ties traveling near and far to maintain them all. Her kindness was boundless.

Traude and Phil lived in a chalet style farmhouse that they built on “Persimmon Hill Farm” in Huntly, VA from 1975 until 2010. From there they moved down to Wilmington, NC to enjoy watching their grandchildren grow up.

Her Austrian accent was distinctive and although English was her second language, Traude was never afraid to throw in an unexpected “anywho”. She was a bookkeeper at the Fauquier Livestock Exchange and elsewhere around town for the duration of her working life. She loved animals (with the possible exception of squirrels) and donated her time and more to the humane society.

She is survived by her husband Phil, son Alex, and grandchildren, Nate and Alli. Traude and Phil were married 52 years and were head over heels from the day they met until the very end. She passed away at home, peacefully in her sleep and amongst her loved ones.

Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations, 6 Jacksonville Street, Wilmington, NC 28403


  • John Noser Posted January 3, 2021 3:44 pm

    Beautiful obituary. We loved her deeply and will miss her welcoming smile and hugs. Love and best wishes through this time of sorrow. Love John and Vickie

  • Barbie Kinlaw Posted January 3, 2021 4:11 pm

    Alex your mom was full of sunshine. She was always so kind and welcoming, she felt like an old friend every time we met. You have inherited her generous and loving nature and I know she was always proud of you. The love between your parents was very evident and while I know your father will miss her until his last day, nothing can take away the wonderful gift of their love. You are all blessed to have had each other.

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