Alice Smith

February 22, 1941 - December 24, 2021
Alice Smith

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Alice Smith, age 80, passed away on December 24, 2021 while surrounded by family at the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick.

Alice was born on February 22, 1941, to James Rigbye and Jane Welch Rigbye, in Mawdesley, Lancashire, England.

Born during the second World War, she left school at 15 to work in a local factory, before training and working as a nurse in England. She then embarked on a journey to America as a governess in New Jersey, where she met her first husband and had two children. She also attended art school and became an artist/graphic designer for the remainder of her career. After retiring, she and her new husband, David retired to Wilmington, NC to enjoy their new life together.

She had a passion for arts and crafts, and enjoyed many hobbies, most recently her love of diamond paintings.

In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her twin brothers, Daniel Rigbye and William Rigbye.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories her husband of 16 years: David Smith; one sister, Maureen Dunleavy, and husband Harry of Blackburn, England; one son, Frank Ferrer; one daughter, Margaret Tresca and husband Vincent; her furbaby Smudge; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation for family and friends will be held at the Village Road Chapel 525 Village Road, Leland NC on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. with a service to follow at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or at

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  • June 19, 2023
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  • December 30, 2021
    Anne & Rick Miscia says:
    Alice will always have a place in our heart. She was my mom's best friend and a wonderful person. We have many fond memories of Alice and a couple of pieces of her artwork in our home. Our deepest condolences to her family.

  • December 30, 2021
    Terry & Nick Morisco says:
    Dear Margaret & Frank, We send our sincerest sympathy to you on the loss of y beloved Mother. We regret we could not be there with you during this sad time. We are quarantined in NJ as our family as Covid. Nick & I are well. Sending our prayers and hugs

  • December 30, 2021
    Janet tresca says:
    Will miss you and every time I eat a pirogi I will think of you so sorry David Margaret frank and vincent love