A funeral service for Mary Ellen Smith, wife of the Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, are set for 10 a.m. March 31 at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in downtown St. Petersburg.
Smith, 56, died at home in Ellenton after a long illness.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years; three children, Dabney, Ashton Williston and Alicia Caputo; three grandchildren; and her brother, Joseph Krieg.
In a statement released by the diocese, which represents 76 congregations from Brooksville to Marco Island, the bishop called her his "closet confidant."
"She had the ability to make anyone feel comfortable and cared for," he wrote. He said he got his strength from her as well.
"I would always look for her in the congregation," the bishop said. "It made me feel right when I could see where she was."
Donations can be made in her name to the Episcopal Charities Fund of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.