Cristie Ann Smith (38) passed away unexpectedly on Jan 2, 2018 in her home in Naples, Florida. Cristie was a loving mother, sister, daughter and friend. Cristie was born February 19, 1979 in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Gregory Smith and Kathreen Leopardi Tummarello (Bobby Buopane). Cristie was sister to Jaclyn, Tina and Brittny, step sister to Nicole and half-brother Shaun. She moved to Naples at the age of 12 with her mother, sisters and step father James Tummarello. Although she loved Naples, she was always a Jersey Girl at heart. She returned whenever possible and loved her NJ family and friends dearly. Cristie graduated from Naples High School with the class of 1997 and lived in Naples most of her adult life. She was about to begin training for a career in the medical field at the time of her death.
Two years ago, Cristie fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a mother and welcomed son Leo in October of 2015. She was a devoted mother. Leo brought so much joy to her life. She loved him more than anything else in the world and he adored his mother. She was a remarkable mother and did a fantastic job raising her son on her own. Leo was the light of her life and motivation for everything. She was a proud Catholic and embraced tradition; often focusing on making sure Leo experienced the traditions of her childhood.
Cristie was a free spirit who enjoyed a good book (before having a toddler), binge watching TV shows, music, the beach and comedy. Her laugh was unforgettable. She was an amateur foodie and enjoyed trying all kinds of delicious and adventurous foods. She was always up for an adventure and would join you on yours at the drop of a hat with almost no notice and no baggage required. Having worked in hospitality most of her life, she loved meeting new people and making friends from all walks of life, age groups and background. She enjoyed visiting new places and even spent several summers doing seasonal work around the states. She was a loyal friend and loved deeply. She adored her family and was passionately proud of her sisters, niece and nephew and family. She was a caring aunt and friend to Morgan and Madyn.
Her passing was heartbreaking and untimely. She was loved deeply by her son, family, & friends and will be missed every day. Her legacy will live on in 2 year old Leo who will be raised by her mother, sister Jaclyn and brother in law Kevin. They will make sure that Leo knows what a kindhearted and loving mother he had and reminded every day of the amazing person that Cristie was and the big dreams that she had for him.
Cristie is survived by her son Leo Montrey Smith, her mother and step father Kathreen Leopardi Tummarello (Bobby Buopane), her father Gregory Smith, her sisters Jaclyn (Smith) Cardillo (Kevin Cardillo), Tina Smith, Brittny Tummarello, her step sisters Nicole Tummarello Kelley (Pat Kelley) Half Brother: Shaun Smith, her grandparents Carolina Leopardi, Montrey Leopardi, her niece Madyn Cardillo and nephew Morgan Cardillo.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Windstar on Naples Bay in the Keewaydin Room on January 22nd, 2018 from 6pm-8pm. In lieu of flowers, Cristie's family has requested donations to the “Cristie Smith Memorial Fund to Benefit Leo Smith's Education”. https://www.youcaring.com/leomontreysmith-1066786