Rebecca D. “Becky” Smith

Rebecca “Becky” D. Smith – (50) – of 381 Seneca Rd., North Hornell passed away unexpectedly Saturday afternoon (October 29, 2022) following a lengthy illness.

Born in Urbana, NY on August 24, 1972, she was the daughter of Melvin Varner and the former Beverly Wolfanger.

Becky grew up in the Cohocton area and was a graduate of Wayland Central School (class of 1990).

She had been employed in the housekeeping department at St. James Mercy Hospital and for many years served as a receptionist for Dr. Nasar Chaudhry.

In 2009, Becky decided to further her education and enrolled at Alfred University, majoring in Court Reporting.  In 2011, she started a career that she is the proudest of and enlisted in the US Army.  She was stationed at Hunter Army Air Field in Savanna, GA and later deployed to Kuwait where she served for 9 months.  When she returned to the United States, she was briefly stationed at Hunter Army Air Field where “specialist” SPC Rebecca served as a computer technician with the Criminal Investigative Division of the US Military. She most recently was stationed at Ft. Belvoir in Washington, DC where she retired as a Sergeant.

Becky was a member of the Wayland American Legion and the Hornell American Legion.  Hobbies & interests include: enjoyed being with friends enjoying the views of Keuka Lake at our local breweries along the wine trail, spending time with her grandchildren was her biggest joy, along with her faith in God that kept her strong.

She was married on August 7, 2011 to Marc M. Smith who survives.  Also surviving are 2 sons,  Gregg Mark of Wayland and Connor Mark (Alissa Brado) of Dansville; her step-daughter, Raven Smith of North Hornell, her father & step-mother, Melvin (Nancy) Varner of Cohocton; her mother & step-father, Beverly (Wilbur) Dunning of NC;  her siblings, Heidi Goodman, Bridgett Herndon, Roger Varner, Jim Varner, Jeff Varner and Mark Varner, Jessica Dunning and Michael Whiting; several nieces and nephews; and her grandchildren Landen and Logan Mark.

The family of Rebecca “Becky” Smith will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 (Noon) until 3:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Memorial Service with military honors will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 3:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.

Becky’s family request that in lieu of flowers, donations for gas cards to be donated to Cancer Services of Steuben County. The cards will go to local families fighting cancer to assist them receiving treatments. Donations may be directly made to St. James foundation “Cancer Services.” Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

In recognition of Becky’s service to her country as a member of the US Army, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.

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8 Responses to “Rebecca D. “Becky” Smith”

  1. Linda and art leverenz says:

    Dear Gregg and connor our sincere condolances,your mom was beautiful inside and out she had that gift to put you right at ease and she was a fighter we didn’t see her much but we will miss her beautiful smile 🙏❤️💙💙

  2. Joe Alvarez says:


    so sorry for your loss. Im praying for you and your family.

  3. Michelle, Melissa, and Nicholas says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Becky was a beautiful person inside and out. Our deepest sympathies to everyone. You are in our prayers.

    Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

    Love you guys!

  4. Rodney Mallory says:

    On behalf of all the members of the 3D Military Police GRP (CID) Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA. our sincere condolences to the entire family during this difficult time. R.I.P. Rebecca/ SGT Smith/Soldier, Gone but will never be forgotten!

  5. Rorrie Gonzales says:

    Prayers to the Smith family,
    Becky was my class mate and my heart goes out to her family. After high school we lost touch, but I can tell you all it was a honor to have Becky as a friend throughout the years growing up. She was such a positive person and a blessing to have known.🙏

  6. Fred Butler says:

    SGT Smith will be remembered as an hard working IT Specialist who always volunteered to take on the most difficult IT issues for the 3D Military Police Group. Always had a smile and friendly demeanor, every day she showed up for work. It was my honor to have known and work with her, during her assignment to my shop. My deepest condolences to the entire family and pray that the wonderful memories of Becky will sustain you during this most difficult time. God bless you all.🙏🏾🙏🏾

  7. Shawn Thornton says:

    Sgt Smith was a great soldier with a smile that help you get your day going. Very Big Heart willing to help anybody and everybody. Prayers for your family.🙏🏽

  8. Denise and Matt Fairbrother says:

    Mel & Nancy, We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.