Dr. Marcella Hyde-Smith

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On the morning of Wednesday, July 23, 2014, lifelong Bradford County resident Dr. Marcella (May) Hyde-Smith passed away peacefully at her Canton residence after a long and valiant struggle with cancer and Alzheimer's Disease. She was 86 years of age.

Born Nov. 6, 1927 in Granville Township, she was the daughter of Martin L. and Lucy (Shoemaker) May. She was a graduate of Troy High School and in 1956 received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Mansfield University. She went on to earn her master's and doctorate degrees in education from Penn State University. In addition to her work in the Pennsylvania public schools as a teacher, reading consultant, coordinator and Director of Curriculum and Federal Programs, Dr. Hyde-Smith was an adjunct faculty member at both Mansfield and Penn State. Marcella was married to fellow educator John Hyde for 50 years until his passing in 1998. In 1985 she authored a book, "Bradford County, The Story of Its People." In 1988 she received the Distinguished Educator Award from Mansfield University. Her volunteer service to Mansfield spanned more than 35 years and included serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors as a member of the steering committee to save North Hall, and in a leadership capacity for the Mansfield chapters of Phi Delta Kappa and Delta Kappa Gamma. A charter member of the Mansfield University Foundation, she served from 1974 to 2006, and was recently made an honorary member. Her vision and leadership were instrumental in growing the foundation's funds, which has allowed the foundation to provide increased financial support to the university. She received the Elsie Burke Service Award in 2007 and established and funded two student scholarships at Mansfield University, and was firm in her conviction that the welfare of the students be foremost in the decision-making process of the board. In addition, she and her husband, Al, donated a Steinway grand piano to the university's music department as part of their initiative to become an "All Steinway School." As a tribute to her service to Mansfield, in 2007 she was the recipient of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Eberly Award for volunteerism.

In September of 2000 Marcella married Al Smith, who was at her side every day of their marriage and throughout her illness. A lady in every sense of the word, she carried herself through life with dignity, grace, Christian love and a perpetual smile.

In addition to her husband, Al, Marcella is survived by her brothers, Bob May of Lake Worth, Fla., and T. James Shoemaker of Troy; nieces, Linda (and David) Henry of Sayre, Valerie May of Lake Worth, Fla. and Lisa May Klein of Alpharetta, Ga.; nephews, Brian, Robert and Scott May, all of Lake Worth, Keith Shoemaker of Wilton, Conn. and Dwight Shoemaker of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; stepchildren, Jill Hoffman of Wyomissing Hills, Pa., Albert Smith of Mattydale, N.Y., Connie Templar of Exton, Pa. and Todd Smith of Clarkston, Mich.; as well as nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, several great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John; her parents and her sister, Benita May Hawthorne. The family would like to acknowledge and thank the many caregivers that helped Marcella to stay in her home over the past five years.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. A celebration of Marcella's life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, at the Canton Ecumenical Parish with her pastor, Rev. Jerry Schmidt, officiating. There will be visitation at the church one hour before the service. Interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Troy. Contributions in Marcella's memory may be directed to the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 103 N. Center St., Canton, PA 17724.

Published in Daily Review on July 25, 2014
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