SMITH, Jennifer M.
Jennifer M. Smith. I find obituaries quite boring. And my mother was not a boring person, so I write this to honor he life, not to record her death. Born on July 4, 1934, in Nottingham England, her birthday became a source of good natured humor when she married the American Air Force Staff Sgt. William Burke Smith Jr. (died 1977) and moved to CT in 1957. Jennifer was an active and loving mother. It was in CT that she gave birth to her three children; Winifred "Freddi", Deborah, and Burke. After the weddings of her children to Stephen, Jim, and Sandra, the family grew. Her love for children was heightened with the birth of her 6 grandchildren - Kathryn, Jamie, Jack, Jessica, Victoria, Jillian, and Julia. And upon her death she could proudly say she was a GGma to Riley and Liam and grandmother-in-law to Jason. She was involved in community service, and great support to my father's political activities. During her tenure as President of the Rockville Hospital Auxiliary they were successful in raising funds to add a new wing to the hospital. At her side were friends Edna, and Emma. Her hospitality and love of animals was renowned. While in Vincentown, NJ she began a 4-H group for horses, The Tyro Broncs. The house was always filled with friends and animals. She loved her years there and made an everlasting friendship with my "Aunt" Ellen. At Christmas our house was an open door with parties and guests throughout the season. It was also there that she began working in restaurants. Upon returning to CT, she worked as a Manger for Jack August Steak & Seafood in Avon CT. When the Whalers came to CT, they often lunched at the restaurant after practice. Eventually, players stayed in our home, became our friends, with Don Nachbaur becoming a second son to her. We had young people stay in our home for most of our life; farming exchange students from England, student restaurateurs, international figure skaters, and any friend that needed a good 'cuppa' and comfortable bed. Even after her diagnosis she remained active. After studying to be a Master Gardener, she became a member of the New Hartford Garden Club. On Tuesdays she could be found at Simsbury Senior Ceramics. Thank you ladies for the calls, the cards, the love and warmth you gave to Mom in her illness. But for the last chapter of her life, it was Dr. Mark Metersky at UCONN that gave her the gift of time, allowing her to see the birth of two great grandchildren and to attend the wedding of my daughter. Together they shared the ardent belief that cougars walk the grounds of CT. Thank you to every member of Cardio/Pulmonary services at the Health Center - from nurses Ruth and Grace to the Respiratory Therapy Dept. for the quality of care she received. And finally, to Colleen and Team Goeben, to the "Committee," the doctors, nurses, chaplain and aides from VITAS, to Peggy, Judy and Margie, and all who walked this long road with us - there are no words to adequately thank you for the help, support, and love that allowed my Mom to die with dignity and grace befitting that of a beautiful English woman. Because one of the joys sustained in her illness was watching our rescued equines through the front window, Mom requests that in lieu of flowers please make a donation to H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut 45 Wilbur Road Washington, CT 06777 - www.horseofct.org.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Avenue (Rte. 44) in Canton, CT on Friday July 12 at 9:30 a.m. followed by procession for a Mass of Christian Burial, 11a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in Collinsville. Burial will be private. Please visit her "Book of the Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.