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KINGSBURY — Mary G. Smith, 89, of Hartman Road, passed away peacefully at her home Sunday, July 22, 2012, with her loving family by her side.

Born Nov. 12, 1922, in Rockland, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Eula Gerrish.

Mrs. Smith was a graduate of the University of Maine, with a degree in science and then continued her education at Cooley Dickinson School of Nursing in Massachusetts.

Following her graduation, she served in the U.S. Navy as an officer. Mrs. Smith was a registered nurse at the Naval Hospital in Tennessee, taking care of wounded soldiers from World War II. She was very proud of her service to her country and nursing soldiers back to health. During her enlistment, she married a U.S. Army soldier, Robert T. Smith. He passed away in 1985.

Mrs. Smith had a long career of directing and teaching nursing at several colleges, including Albany Medical Center. She was also nursing coordinator and nursing supervisor at Glens Falls Hospital. Nursing was a large part of her life.

Mrs. Smith was admired by other nurses and the patients who she cared for throughout her career. After her retirement, she continued to volunteer at Glens Falls Hospital in pastoral care and at Hudson Falls American Legion Post No. 574.

Mrs. Smith was proud to have become a master gardener. She enjoyed working at Washington County Extension and hosting tours of her gardens for local garden clubs. Mrs. Smith was also a talented knitter and accomplished crewler. She was adamant that The New York Times crossword puzzle kept her mind active.

Throughout her life, she continued her education, and took courses at Adirondack Community College and Skidmore College until 2010.

Through all her accomplishments, family was most important to her. She deeply loved her daughter and adored her grandchildren and her son-in-law.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughter, Nettie Therrien and her husband, Raymond, of Kingsbury; her grandchildren, Ethan Therrien and his wife, Hope, of Sumner, Maine and Abbegail Therrien and her companion, Craig Rocchio, of Saratoga Springs; her five siblings, Harold Gerrish of Connecticut, Violet Orr and her husband, Dan, Vernon Gerrish, Beverly Bodman and Wayne Gerrish, all of Maine; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Private burial services, with full military honors provided by Hudson Falls American Legion Post No. 574, will be conducted at Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, N.Y.

Memorial donations may be sent to Hudson Falls American Legion Post No. 574, Pearl Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839.

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