SMITH, Elizabeth Ann (Brown)
Elizabeth Ann (Brown) Smith, of East Hartland and Simsbury, died on July 20, 2013 after standing strong against the effects of Alzheimer's disease. She was 76 years of age. Elizabeth was born on Jan. 26, 1937 in Woburn, MA, the youngest child of Harold E. and Marjorie L. (Nash) Brown. She, and her devoted husband, John F. Smith, were both born and raised in Woburn, MA; high school sweethearts. Upon graduating Woburn High School in 1954, Elizabeth attended Katharine Gibbs secretarial school in Boston, and then began work for the Easter Seal Society. John and Elizabeth were married March 4, 1956, and their early married life took them to Virginia as John served in the Navy. Later, when John went overseas, Elizabeth and their two oldest children returned to MA to be with family. Elizabeth continued to be a supporting wife and mother to their growing family as John pursued his college degree at Boston University. Upon his graduation, they settled in CT to raise their family of now five children. After proudly seeing all their children graduate from Simsbury High School, they moved to East Hartland to enjoy the beauty and open space of the CT northwest hills. Volunteering was always a big part of Elizabeth's life. Her many contributions to her community and family started with teaching Sunday School with John, and later helping at their children's schools, and being an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Simsbury Vol. Fire Co., including "Signal 12" support for the firefighters during the more serious incidents. Elizabeth and John were also active champions with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) where she made a difference through her determined advocacy for individuals and families struggling with the effects of mental illness. Always a lover of animals, she often tended to the lost or injured animals her children were prone to bring home, as well as providing a loving home for many rescue dogs and cats. Elizabeth's interests included genealogy and antique doll collecting. Through these interests she served on the Board of the Claflin Family Association, and was also an active member of the Nutmeg Doll Club of CT. During the 1970s, as if she weren't busy enough, Elizabeth also worked as a newspaper reporter and correspondent for several area newspapers, and also worked at CIGNA Insurance Company for a period of time. Through all of her activities and responsibilities, she was known for her joy of life, tenacity, and compassion for those in need. Her joy for life was never more evident than in her happiness and laughter when celebrating birthdays and holidays with her children and grandchildren. Elizabeth is survived and celebrated by her loving husband of 57 years, John Franklin Smith, and their children Beverly A. Smith and partner Michael Picozzi of West Hartford, David A. Smith of Meriden, Scott O. Smith of Vernon, Nancy E. Smith of Monmouth, ME, and Kimberly B. and husband Michael Flint Weiss of Maple Valley, WA, as well as eight grandchildren; Robert Dinan, Catherine Dinan, Laura (Dinan) and husband Sean Haber, Jonathon Smith and partner Sarah Pettengill, Dana Smith, Marinna Smith, Ian Weiss, and Aelyn Weiss. She is also survived by her two brothers, Richard N. and wife Jean Brown, and Donald C. and wife Elizabeth Brown, and her sister, Barbara W. (Brown) Baker. She has been predeceased by her brother-in-law, Robert C. Baker.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 24 from 3-7 p.m., at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT. A celebration of Elizabeth's life will be held August 17, 11 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to NAMI - CT at 576 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105, the Granby Land Trust at PO Box 23, Granby, CT 06035, or to The Humane Society for Seattle/King County, 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005. Please visit Elizabeth's "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.