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Mary C. (Beck-Demarest) Smith


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Mary C. (Beck-Demarest) Smith Obituary
LAFAYETTE -- Mary C. (Beck-Demarest) Smith, 79, of Lafayette, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

Born in Newton on Oct. 25, 1938, Mary was a lifelong resident of Lafayette and graduated from Newton High School. She was a life member, past president and secretary during her 61 years in the Lafayette Township Fire Department Auxiliary and was a life member of the New Jersey State Fire Auxiliary. Mary was also a member of the William J. Hocking American Legion Auxiliary Unit 91 for 34 years and an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 24 for 28 years. She belonged to the La Societe de Femme-Cabane Locale No. 228, where she served as secretary. An active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville, Mary served on the Lafayette Township School Board for 12 years and was also past president of the Lafayette Township PTO.

The daughter of the late Emil and Ruth (VanHorn) Beck, Mary was also predeceased by her first husband, John G. Demarest, in 1984, as well as her second husband, Claude F. Smith, in 2015.

She is survived by her devoted daughter, Rebecca Goldsworthy and her husband, Michael, of Lafayette; and two dear grandchildren, Catherine Goldsworthy and William Demarest. Mary is also survived by two sons, John and Roger; a daughter, Marianne; six other grandchildren; and a stepson, James B. Smith.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville, 3 Wantage Ave., Branchville, followed by burial in Frankford Plains Cemetery in Augusta.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville, P.O. Box 1, Branchville, NJ 07826, or to the Lafayette Township Fire Department Auxiliary, P.O. Box 164, Lafayette, NJ 07848. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Oct. 19, 2018
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