Maggie Pickard

Maggie Pickard

Rhinebeck - Maggie Pickard, 71, a longtime resident of Rhinebeck, NY, died peacefully at home on Monday, March 25, 2013. Maggie (nee Marjorie M. Lieberman) was born on September 14, 1941 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Irving and Edith (Cohen) Lieberman. On May 11, 1983, she married Elwood H. Smith. He survives her at home.

Maggie held a Bachelors of Arts degree in English literature from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Masters of Arts degree in counseling from Rhode Island College. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and The American Academy of Arts.

Maggie was a fine artist and graphic designer who also did elegant website design in recent years. She worked at home, together with her husband, illustrator Elwood H. Smith, as his art representative and creative partner. Before coming to Rhinebeck, Maggie held a variety of interesting positions throughout her life, including: being a zookeeper at the Crandon Park Zoo in Miami, Visual Artist in Residence for the State of Rhode Island, drawing and design teacher at RISD, and traffic manager in the art department of Avon Books. Some of her beautiful work can be seen at

Maggie is survived by her loving husband, Elwood Smith of Rhinebeck, NY; her two daughters Gabrielle Pickard Karnowski of Asheville, NC and Anne Pickard of Chicago, IL; and her brother Charles Lieberman of Agoura Hills, CA.

A memorial service for Maggie will be held on Sunday, June 2 at 12 noon at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, NY. A reception at Maggie and Elwood's home will follow.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. To sign the online register please visit

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Apr. 3 to May 26, 2013