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Jean C. Smith
Ness-Sibley Funeral Home
23 South St
Trumansburg, NY
ITHACA - Jean C. Smith, 87, died January 8, 2010 at Hospicare in Ithaca, NY. Dr. Jean loved life and considered every day an adventure.
Born in Syracuse, New York on December 28, 1922, she was the youngest daughter of Walter and Gertrude Smith. Dr. Jean was a graduate of Syracuse School of Medicine, Class of 1946, one of only five women in her graduating class. She was a Family Practitioner and a member of the Chenango Bridge Medical Group, which was started by her older brother, Dr. Robert Smith, a surgeon. The Medical Group served the surrounding rural and suburban region near Binghamton, NY, and later included several other specialists and family practitioners. Dr. Jean loved her medical practice, and even after she retired many of her patients still kept up with her. She served three generations of many families and numerous patients considered her part of their family circle.
Dr. Jean loved to sing and was a member of the Harmony Falls Women's Chorus. She also loved gardening and belonged to the Trumansburg Garden Club. She was a member of the Trumansburg Taoist Tai Chi Group for several years, a member of the Methodist Women's Club, the Physicians Against Nuclear Proliferation, the Sierra Club, and served on the Board of Trustees of the Cayuga Nature Center.
Dr. Jean was a world traveler and loved skiing, canoeing, and hiking in wilderness areas. She was an excellent photographer and won second prize in a national photo contest. After retiring, she took coursework in clowning, sculpting, sketching, nature photography, water colors, and writing.
Dr. Jean recently celebrated her 87th birthday and requested that each of her family members and friends plant a tree next spring. This would honor her birthday and help meet the need for more trees to support all living things.
Dr. Jean was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Dr. Robert Smith of Chenango Bridge, NY and Donald Smith of Syracuse, NY; one sister, Nancy Warner-Clink of Susquehanna, PA; two nieces, Anne (Smith) Patton of Nova Scotia and June (Smith-Fuller) Petty of Webster, NY. She is survived by her friend and traveling companion of nearly 60 years, Betty J. McKnight; her beloved dog, Duffy; five nieces and nephews, Robert Smith of Colesville, Washington, Susan (Randall) Taylor of Houston, Texas, Robert Klink of Binghamton, NY, Richard Klink of Avon Park, Florida, and Keith Warner of Binghamton, NY; 14 grand nieces and nephews; and 30 great-great-nieces and nephews.
Dr. Jean loved all of these relatives who frequently came to Flagstone Farm to camp out, or celebrate birthdays, weddings, and family reunions.
She was a great friend and community supporter. She made a difference wherever she worked and played. She will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew her.
A Celebration of Jean's life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2010, at the Trumansburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Losey officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St., Trumansburg. 1-888-534-5446.

Published by Ithaca Journal from Jan. 11 to Jan. 14, 2010.
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Dr Jean gave us assurance and peace of mind while we raised our family. She delivered our daughter and cared for our sons John and Jim.Jim, now 41 yrs, met Dr.Jean at a Rounds get together in recent years. She will always have a place in our hearts.
Bill and Mary Miller
January 15, 2010
Dr. Jean also delivered me, and I have a wonderful photo of her as a young MD in 1950. She remained great friends with my parents throughout their lives. Just having the privilege of knowing her, with her calm intelligence, quiet grace and dignity gave one a sense of peace and well-being.
Kathy MacDonough
January 14, 2010
Dr.Jean, Otherwise know as my Aunt Jean. Even though we are not related by blood. She always treated me as a member of the family. She was kind, considerate and a most wonderful person. She never turned down a patient even when they were unable to pay. She treated everyone equal and never ever looked down on anyone. Her love of people and life are an asset to her now and forever. She will always be remembered by thousands of people all over the world as she and her wonderful companion Betty (Mickey) loved to travel and met with and shared many good times with folks all over the world. She was a true lover of life and all it had to offer. she will be greatly missed by all who had the great oppertunity to be a part of her life. I am sad she is gone, but so thankful that she let me be a part of her life, and that she now sores with the angel's above. God has another great angel to shower her love all over the world.........
Jean Lowden
January 13, 2010
Dr. Jean was like a loved family member. She diagnosed my diabetes when I was nine and took care of all our immediate family and many friends and neighbors. She was loved by all. Joyce Spafard McDonald.
Joyce Spafard McDonald
January 13, 2010
Beloved Dr. Jean, this special lady brought me into this world. Dr. Jean was always there for my family, in good times and in bad. What a true humanitarian,she will be greatly missed. Condolences to her family.
(Gail Shaver Cole,Painted Post N.Y.)
January 13, 2010
Dr Jean was my doctor when I was expecting my first baby.

She was a wonderful person.
Marlene Ward
January 12, 2010
I remember Jean from many many years ago when my family moved into her neighborhood. She welcomed us and made us feel like we had lived there forever. May she be at peace now.
Dale Dimick
January 11, 2010
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