April Letteney Smith, 43, of Framingham passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, February 18, surrounded by family and friends. She was the daughter of Jane Anderson Letteney Clarke, of Framingham, MA, and of the late Frederick Kimball "Kim" Letteney. April attended Framingham North High School, received a BA from Curry College and attended Framingham State, where she earned her MPA. She was the Director of Purchasing for MassArt in Boston where she developed a very close-knit work family. April was deeply devoted to her husband, Jeffrey Smith and their two young children, Brady and Hannah. She was a vivacious and caring woman, who laughed easily, loved fiercely, danced enthusiastically, enjoyed fitness, travel and spending time with friends and family. She was a talented artist who loved music, movies with happy endings, working in the yard, playing with her children, a nice glass of wine, and a sweet bowl of ice cream. She had an innate ability to make those around her feel appreciated and loved, her laugh was contagious and her smile lit up a room. April fought her cancer with unparalleled tenacity, without complaint or self pity, refusing to give up cooking, yard work, playing with her children or traveling. Smiling and laughing until the very end. She was a bright, loving light in the life of everyone fortunate enough to know her. She is survived and will be deeply missed by her husband, Jeffrey Smith and their children, Brady and Hannah; her mother and stepfather, Jane and Stet Clarke of Framingham; her sister Catherine Jane Conover, niece and nephew, Rachel and Erich Conover of Woodbury, NJ; her aunt, Barbara Egan of Hudson; her lifelong friend and caregiver, Jodi Churchill Chapin, of Framingham and countless other family and close friends. Visiting hours are on Thursday, February 21, from 5-8 PM, at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St,(Corner of Union Ave.) Framingham. A memorial service will be held at the 1st Parish Unitarian Church in Framingham on March 2, 2013 at 11 AM. For online guestbook and directions please log on to www.nortonfuneralhome.com. Donations to support the education of her children may be made to: The April Letteney Smith Trust Fund, C/O Middlesex Savings Bank, 598 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01702
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Published in MetroWest Daily News on Feb. 20, 2013