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Betty O. "Mary" Smith

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Smith, Betty O "Mary"
Apr. 8, 1918 - Nov. 7, 2012
Betty O "Mary" Smith age 94, Venice, FL, formerly of Elmira and Peekskill, NY, died November 7, 2012. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Valois, NY. Survivors include her son, Rick (Pat) of Trumansburg, NY, daughter, Betsy (Paul DeLaney) of Glenmont, NY, grandchildren, Stephanie Smith (John DeRisi), Jeremy Smith (Elizabeth), Allison Pinto (Gregg), Alex Voetsch and five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Donald K. Smith, her parents, Frank and Ivah (LeValley) Olney, her brother, Raymond Olney and sister, Katherine Rogala.
Betty graduated with honors in 1936 from Elmira Free Academy and from Elmira Business Institute in 1938. She married Donald Smith in 1942 at Lake Street Presbyterian Church, Elmira, NY, where she was active for many years; including serving as a Sunday school teacher. Later she joined the Peekskill Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Deacon and was a member for more than twenty years. After moving to Venice, Florida, she joined the Venice Presbyterian Church.
Throughout her life she was an active volunteer including working for the Peekskill Community Hospital as a member of the Auxiliary, PTAs, Headstart, leadership in both the Boy and Girl Scouts and at the South County Food Pantry in Venice. An avid Bridge player, Betty loved playing cards and other games with her family and friends. Betty and Don spent every summer at the cottage they built on Seneca Lake with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, teaching them to enjoy nature and water sports. Betty was loved and admired by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5995 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34238 or to the .


Published in Herald Tribune from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2012
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