Sheron Smith-Piazza went peacefully to heaven to be with our Lord in her home on April 27, 2022, after more than a decade of courageously battling cancer. Sheron was surrounded by loving family and friends, and her devoted rescue dog, Coco, all of whom were constantly by her side during this long battle.
Sheron was an amazing person who was beautiful inside and out, and she touched many lives in her 61 years on earth. She was a lovely mother and grandmother, a loving sister, a faithful friend and a deeply devoted wife. Sheron created majesty in her gardens and she leaves a legacy of beauty and love in the souls she touched throughout her life.
Sheron graduated from high school in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1979, and then served three years in the United States Army. She went on to hold several management positions in the business world before realizing her lifelong dream and passion of owning her own landscaping business. In 2002, Sheron founded and became president of the highly successful Turtle Rock Landscaping, a company she ran for twenty years. In this position, she served clients in the Shenandoah Valley and the Washington Metro area, creating breathtaking landscaping and building beautiful gardens. One of his longtime clients and dear friend, United States Senator John Warner, who was a lifelong gardener, often told friends and neighbors that Sheron was “a remarkably gifted landscaper who made dreams come true.” Sheron also founded Shenandoah Confections in 2013, a tea and chocolate shop on Main Street in Front Royal, where she met her husband and the love of her life, John Piazza.
Sheron was predeceased by her father and mother, James Edward Smith and Betty Joy (Hill) Smith, and her dear brother, Jimmy Smith, all of Huntsville, Alabama.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Colonel John Piazza (USAF, retired); children Danielle Christine Dombrowski of Rileyville, Virginia, and her son Michael Frances Dombrowski and his devoted companion Katya Porter of Bristol, England; his sister Darlene Boyd and beloved companion William (Bill) Byrns of Front Royal, Virginia; sister Debbie Wooten and her husband, Billy, and nephews Andy and Eddie Wooten, all of Union Grove, Alabama. Sheron is also survived by her sister-in-law Pat Falting of Bossier City, Louisiana, her daughter-in-law Casey Piazza Reynolds and her husband Timothy Reynolds, and her grandchildren Bryant, John and Jillian Reynolds, all of Louisville, Kentucky. Many other relatives also survived, all deeply loved by Sheron.
Sheron is survived by her fellow deacons at Rockland Community Church in Front Royal, members of the Rockland Community Church Women’s Group which she led as President for several years, and her Bible study family.” Gardening with God,” a group she founded four years ago to fellowship and study the word of God each week at Piazza House. Sheron deeply believed that one was closest to God in a beautiful garden and that the surest sign of God’s presence on earth is his gift of flowers, plants, trees and shrubs which he offer every season.
A religious celebration of Sheron’s life will be held at the Rockland Community Church on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 10:30 a.m., with a reception in the Rockland Community Church Parish Hall immediately following the service. The service will be officiated by the Most Reverend Bishop Vince McLaughlin, assisted by Pastors Mary Marshall and Joel Flower.
In lieu of flowers, Sheron and his family request that any donations in his memory be made to the Rockland Community Prayer Garden, a large prayer garden that Sheron designed and is currently under construction to serve as a place of peace, joy and meditation. for residents of Warren County and beyond. Donations to the Rockland Community Prayer Garden should be sent to Rockland Community Church, c/o Mrs. Carol Goddard, 2921 Rockland Road, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.