Trudy L. Smith-Shaffer (1958 - 2018)

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Trudy L. Smith-Shaffer, age 59, of Saranac Lake, N.Y., died Thursday, March 8, 2018 at her residence.
Born in DuBois, Pennsylvania on October 30, 1958, she was the daughter of Eugene and Janet J. (Miller) Smith. Trudy, married Richard E. Shaffer in DuBois, Pa. He predeceased her on October 2, 2005.
Trudy was a 1976 graduate of DuBois Area High School, received an accounting degree from Penn State University. Before moving to Saranac Lake, she traveled widely to enjoy a very successful career in retail management working for companies such as Montgomery Ward, Gold Circle, Ames, and Elder ­Beerman. While living in Saranac Lake, she worked for various non-profit, retail, and service businesses with her last position as an auditor for the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, N.Y. She loved and spoiled her many pets throughout the years. Trudy enjoyed music, gardening, and genealogy. As a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, N.Y., she was active in the music program and served as an Elder. As a member of the Lakeside United Methodist Church in DuBois, Pa., she was very active in their choirs and music program. As a member of the First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake, she was active in the choirs and was a Certified Lay speaker. Trudy was also a member of the Saranac Lake Lodge #1508 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Trudy is survived by one brother, Scott (Karen) Smith of Saranac Lake; one sister, Lori J. (Rod) Borden of Columbus, Ohio; one uncle, Charles F. Smith Jr., of Louisville, Ky.; one cousin, Karen Smith-Beem of Louisville, Ky.; four nephews: Michael (Sandy) Waggett of Lake Ozark, Mo., Daniel S. Smith of Westfield, Iowa, Charles R. Smith (Morgan) of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and Andrew Borden (Lizzie) of Wilder, Ky.; three nieces, Katie Borden of Columbus, Ohio, Rachel (Joel) Longo of Columbus, Ohio, and Becky Borden of Springdale, Utah; three grand nephews, Gabriel Borden, Simon Borden, and J.J. Longo; and one grand niece, Cailyn Borden. Trudy was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her parents; a sister, Gail Waggett; and a nephew, Paul Waggett.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A Memorial service will take place at the First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake in May, date and time to be announced. Burial will take place in the at Morningside Cemetery in DuBois, Pa.
Friends wishing to remember Trudy L. Smith-Shaffer may make memorial contributions to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society or PH Community Nurses & Hospice of DuBois, Pa., in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at
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Saranac Lake, NY 12983
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Published in The Courier Express on Mar. 14, 2018
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