Lucy Marie Smith Vazzana, 76, of Ocean Isle Beach passed away on Friday, Dec, 7, 2018, in the SECU Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center, in Bolivia.
Mrs. Vazzana, also known affectionately as Lucy or Marie, was born in Lynnfield, Mass., Aug. 31,1942, to the late Joseph F. and Della Alice Rich Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John C. Smith, and son-in-law, Paul Pichierri.
While in Lynnfield, Marie was a special needs teacher and taught at several different schools. She was a longtime member of the Lynnfield Congregational Church where she was the chairperson of the church prayer group. Marie also served as president of the Lynnfield Flower Club.
After moving to Ocean Isle Beach more than 12 years ago, she became very involved in the Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach, and was a member of their prayer group. Marie was someone who stayed active and enjoyed golf. Marie was a member of the Ladies Golf League of The Thistle Golf Club, the "Out to Lunch Bunch" at Ocean Ridge. The DD Ladies Group, the Ocean Ridge cocktail group, the 8 a.m. four mile walking group of Ocean Ridge, and the Mahjong club.
Survivors include her loving husband of 58 years, Lawrence Michael Vazzana; three daughters, Kimberly Ann Vazzana Happer and husband William Coburn of Concord, Bethaney Jean Vazzana Pichierri of Panama, and Jennifer Lyn Vazzana Stevanovic and husband Philip of East Belmore, Long Island, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Joseph Willis Happer, Fletcher Coburn Happer, Derek Brayden Stevanovic, Ryan Michael Stevanovic; and five cherished friends, Charlene "Charlie" Bullerdick, Christine "Chris" Corbisero, Carol Wakefield, Brenda Hess and Sue Kane.
A celebration of life service will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Seaside United Methodist Church. You are all cordially invited to a reception with the family following the service at the church.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that monetary donations be made in her name to the North East Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970 or the Seaside United Methodist Church "Prayer Warriors" at 1300 Seaside Road SW, Sunset Beach, NC 28468.
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Published in The Brunswick Beacon on Dec. 12, 2018.