Elaine Smith Hales

July 4, 1934 - April 8, 2017
Elaine Smith Hales

Elaine Smith Hales of Wilmington passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

She was born July 4, 1934 in Wayne County, Michigan, the daughter of the late Orien and Evangeline Smith.

Mrs. Hales retired from Glen Meade OB-GYN after many years of service. In her spare time, she enjoyed camping with her husband, playing bingo and doing crafts. She will always be remembered for her welcoming smile and the kind words that she had for everyone who crossed her path. Her family was the light of her life and she loved spending every second that she could with her children and grandchildren. She will be truly missed by everyone whose life she has touched.

She is preceded in death by her husband of almost 45 years, Louis Francis Hales and a grandson, Ryan Glenn Hales.
She is survived by her four children, Louis Craig Hales and wife Marilyn of Leland, Debra Stephenson and husband Mike of Wilmington, Connie Martinez and husband Paul of Kure Beach, and Kelly Redenbaugh and husband Larry of Wilmington; four grandchildren, Michelle Cayton, Michael Cayton, Morgan Martinez, and Larry Redenbaugh, III; six great grandchildren, Austin, Jadyn, Delilah, Brianna, Maryella and Brannick. She also leaves behind one sister, Ruth Kurtsell, of Tarpon Springs, FL.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6th and Market Street officiated by Pastor Jonathan Conrad and Pastor Mark Opgrand. Burial will be in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

The family will see friends an hour prior to the service at the church.

The family would like to thank the loving and caring staff at Lower Cape Fear Hospice for the support and services that they provide to families at the most difficult times of their lives. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter in memory of Elaine Hales.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • April 09, 2017
    Carolyn Shepard lit a candle:
    Lit since April 9, 2017 at 4:50:57 PM

  • April 11, 2017
    Larry Holfelder says:
    So sorry for the loss of your mother Craig. Larry, Kathy & Daniel.

  • April 11, 2017
    Sherry Frost lit a candle:
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  • April 11, 2017
    Jean Irving says:
    Debbie and family, I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during your time of grief.