Blanche H. Smith

CONCORD - Blanche Helen Bean Smith, 97, (called "Scottie" since college days), formerly of Bow, then a resident of Heritage Heights and last a resident of Granite Ledges in Concord, died on April 24, 2014, at Merrimack County Nursing Home.She was the daughter of Arthur E. and Beulah S. Bean. She was predeceased by a loving husband, Erville H. Smith.She was born in Concord in 1917. She graduated from Concord High School in 1934. She attended Keene Normal School, graduating in 1938, before it became Keene Teachers College. She later did graduate work at Boston University, where she received her two degrees.She had been a longtime member of South Congregational Church, joining in 1933. She was a member of the Madisses Circle choir and a Sunday school teacher.She was an elementary teacher for 40 years, and she always said that she loved every minute. She still heard from and met regularly with former pupils. She was a strong nature lover, and her former pupils often told her she made nature lovers out of them.She completed her teaching career in Concord at Eastman School.She met Erville H. Smith while teaching in Concord, and they had a wonderful life together for 48 years in a house they built in Bow.She is survived by a brother, Judge Arthur E. Bean Jr. and his wife, Gail; a nephew, David Bean and his wife, Penny; two grandnieces; a stepson, former N.H. Attorney General Gregory H. Smith and his wife, Yliana, and his two sons, Geoffrey and his wife, Jessie, and Stuart; a stepdaughter, Marsha Painting Cobb and Marsha's daughter and son, Crystal Cobb and Michael Gray and his wife, Rocky; two new great-granddaughters; and Michael Toomire and her sons and daughter, Justin, Travis and Kimberly.Scottie was a life member of N.H. Retired Educators, life member of Merrimack Valley Retired Educators, life member of Concord Hospital Associates, a trustee on the N.H. Centennial Home Board, a secretary of Concord High School, Class of 1934, a member and volunteer at the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests, where she and her husband were awarded the Volunteer of the Year for 2006. She was also a volunteer at the N.H. Audubon Society, past volunteer of Concord Hospital and the Association for the Blind.In 2006, Gov. John Lynch awarded Scottie and Erville a Certificate of Appreciation in acknowledgement of their exemplary contributions to volunteerism and to the betterment of life in New Hampshire.


Services: Calling hours will not be held. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m. at South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St., Concord. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord 03301 or to Pope Memorial SPCA, 94 Silk Farm Road, Concord 03301. The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.

Published in Union Leader on Apr. 27, 2014