Oct. 26, 2007 Deanna A. Smith 64, born Dec. 19 , 1942 in Minnesota, passed away Oct. 18 of natural causes. She was a courageous woman who battled and survived cancer for over 20 years.
Deanna moved to St. Thomas in 1987, and was a passionate and beloved Virgin Islander. For over 15 years, Deanna was a highly dedicated and committed employee of the Roy .L..Schneider Hospital, where she served as executive assistant to the hospital board. She also co-owned Hang It Up frame shop with her former husband, Len Mosca.
Deanna's commitment to the St. Thomas community was impassioned and inspiring. She was an active and dedicated Rotarian and member of the Advertising Club of the Virgin Islands for many years. She was founder and president of Children's International Summer Villages, and president of the Caribbean Executive Women's Network.
Deanna spent the last three years of her life living in Denver, Colo. but her true love was the Virgin Islands and the many people she met and worked with along the way. Deanna will be brought home to rest in the warm, Caribbean waters she loved and spent so much time swimming and boating in.
She is survived by her daughter, Shannon Carstens of Denver.
A memorial service in remembrance of Deanna is set for 5:30 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the St. Thomas Reformed Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute (CKCI); mailed to the Attn: of Lorraine Baa, 9048 Sugar Estate, St. Thomas, USVI 00802 or to the St. Thomas Reformed Church, P.O. Box 301769, St. Thomas USVI 00803-1769.