Winchester Press – obit – Gladys Marie Smith
Gladys Marie Smith
Gladys Marie Smith died at home on April 6,2007. She fought her illness as she lived, with great courage,dignity, and unrelenting determination.
Born in Wiliamsburg on January 21, 1919, she was the daughterof George B. and Jennie (Montgomery) Wingard. She attended theMorrisburg Collegiate Institute and, as a young woman, she helpedher parents run a boarding house for patients visiting the famousDr. Locke. She married Graham Smith in 1942, and together theyoperated the family dairy farm until their retirement to the villagein 1980.
In addition to the hard work required of a farmer’s wife, shevolunteered countless hours in the community. She was a lifetimemember of the Women’s Institute and the United Church, and servedin many capacities of church life including the choir, UnitedChurch Women, and as a steward and honourary elder. She was activeon the fair board, and the Women’s Hospital Auxiliary. In addition,she loved pursuing her many creative talents, playing cards, wordgames, entertaining, socializing, and just “being on thego.” Trademarks of her culinary skills included fruit cake,pie, and strawberry jam.
Above all, she was the treasured mother of Barbara, Robert, andBrenda. She was a devoted grandmother to Geoffrey, Laura (Peter)Maher, and Jason (Cheri-Lee), and great-grandmother to AllisonMarie Maher and Cordelia Smith. She will also be sadly missedby her in-laws Ruth (late John) Widdows of Brockville, and Dougand Rita Smith of Peterborough, as well as several nieces andnephews. She was predeceased by Graham in November 2005, and herbrothers Bruce in 1938, and Ross (late Ruby) in 1996.
A comforting service was conducted by Rev. Mary Lou Shortill atthe Chesterville Funeral Home on Easter Monday, closing with mom’stheme song “If I Can Help Somebody”. Interment was atMaple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville, followed by a receptionhosted by the United Church Women. The pallbearers were Jim Moore,Peter Maher, and Keyes, Carl, Robert, and Geoffrey Smith.
Throughout her life, she was the embodiment of kindness, and hergentle spirit, devotion, and abiding love will always be cherished.