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 daughter of George B. and Jennie (Montgomery) Wingard. She attended the Morrisburg Collegiate Institute and, as a young woman, she helped her parents run a boarding house for patients visiting the famous Dr. Locke. She married Graham Smith in 1942, and together they operated the family dairy farm until their retirement to the village in 1980.
In addition to the hard work required of a farmer’s wife, she volunteered countless hours in the community. She was a lifetime member of the Women’s Institute and the United Church, and served in many capacities of church life including the choir, United Church Women, and as a steward and honourary elder. She was active on the fair board, and the Women’s Hospital Auxiliary. In addition, she loved pursuing her many creative talents, playing cards, word games, entertaining, socializing, and just “being on the go.” Trademarks of her culinary skills included fruit cake, pie, and strawberry jam.
Above all, she was the treasured mother of Barbara, Robert, and Brenda. She was a devoted grandmother to Geoffrey, Laura (Peter) Maher, and Jason (Cheri-Lee), and great-grandmother to Allison Marie Maher and Cordelia Smith. She will also be sadly missed by her in-laws Ruth (late John) Widdows of Brockville, and Doug and Rita Smith of Peterborough, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Graham in November 2005, and her brothers Bruce in 1938, and Ross (late Ruby) in 1996.
A comforting service was conducted by Rev. Mary Lou Shortill at the Chesterville Funeral Home on Easter Monday, closing with mom’s theme song “If I Can Help Somebody”. Interment was at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville, followed by a reception hosted 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 her gentle spirit, devotion, and abiding love will always be cherished.