Millerton – Marian Shea Smith, 94, a sixty five year resident of Millerton, NY died peacefully on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, CT with family at her bedside. Mrs. Smith worked as a health care aide at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, CT for over 20 years prior to her retirement.
Born October 30, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Marian (Scheurer) Shea. Following her graduation from high school she married Stanley G. Smith in Pennsylvania in 1945 and briefly resided in Long Island, NY before moving to Millerton with their young family. They shared 50 years together before Mr. Smith’s passing on July 30, 1995.
Over the course of six plus decades in Millerton, Marian worked for Keuffel & Esser in Millerton, wrote a weekly column for the Millerton News. Her “Cracker Barrel” column focused on weekly events and happenings in and around Millerton and was enjoyed by many. She was a realtor for Scaderpane Realty in Millerton and one of her proudest accomplishments was founding and operating “Thriftique” a thrift shop in Millerton in which she donated all the proceeds to the Astor Head Start-Millerton Day Care. She was a longtime parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia, NY and in her spare time volunteered with the Millerton Historical Society. She will be dearly missed by her loving family and her many friends throughout the village.
Marian is survived by her loving son, Michael C. Smith and his wife Cindy Dietter-Smith of Millerton; her dear brother, Jim McElroy and his wife Bobbie of Hoschton, GA; her devoted grandchildren, Christopher S. Najdek and his girlfriend Heather Farr; Jennifer M. Najdek, Donald P. Najdek and Dustin C. Smith and his girlfriend Erin Gannon; her great grandchildren, Lindsey, Emiley and Lily Najdek and their mother Renee, Spencer and Hannah Parks and their father Jamie Parks and Allegra and Nikka Najdek and their mother Kamilla and Wilma Vigano a foreign exchange student who became her “second daughter”. In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Mariley Smith Najdek in 2014.
There were no calling hours. Graveside services and burial will take place at Irondale Cemetery in Millerton on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Millerton Historical Society, P.O. Box 727, Millerton, NY 12546 or Astor Head Start-Millerton Day Care, 11 Park Street, Millerton, NY 12546. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton, NY. To send an online condolence, send flowers or plant a tree in Marian’s memory please visit www.conklinfuneralhome.com