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Dorothy May (Morgan) Smith

Wilder, Vt. — Dorothy May (Morgan) Smith died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at her home at Valley Terrace, in Wilder. She was 91.

Mrs. Smith was the daughter of Edwin F. Morgan and May (Freeman) Morgan, one of five siblings. She was married to the late Earle Stuart Smith for 53 years and was the mother of the late Stephen M. Smith.

She leaves her daughter, Laurie Frances (Smith) Alden, of Plainfield, N.H., and Laurie’s spouse, Joshua Alden, as well as their children, Daroc and Valkyrie Alden.

She also leaves her son, Scott C. Smith, of Plymouth, Mass., and his partner, Martha Stone, as well as his children, Mark Smith, of Plymouth, and Emily Smith, of North Attleborough, Mass.

Mrs. Smith is also survived by her daughter-in-law Karen A. (Leonardson) Smith, of Keene, N.H., and her children, Jason Smith, of Northampton, Mass., and his partner, Danielle Lunday, and his children Eliza and Margaret Stewart-Smith; and Sarah (Smith) Gates, of Natick, Mass., and Sarah’s husband, Zachary Gates, and their children, Isaac and Adrienne Gates.

Mrs. Smith was born in Providence, R.I., in 1921 and attended Hope High School. She graduated from Duke University, where she met her future husband, Stuart, as a languages major. They married in 1943 in Washington, D.C., upon graduating. While Stuart served in the Marine Corps, Dorothy served her nation during World War II as a codebreaker for the War Department in Washington.

After the war, Dorothy and Stuart, who was raised in Winterport, Maine, settled in Bristol, R.I., near her parents and siblings. In 1958, they moved to Greenville, Ohio, returning to New England in 1961, where they settled in North Attleborough. Stuart died in 1997, and Dorothy remained in North Attleborough until 2001, when she moved to Lebanon, N.H., to be near her daughter, Laurie, and her young grandchildren. She moved to Valley Terrace assisted living facility in 2011.

Dorothy was a stay-at-home mom and was very active in her children’s lives, including serving as a Cub Scout Den mother, school volunteer and church leader.

She spent most summers of her life at Birch Island, on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, her beloved home away from home. There she and her family enjoyed many outdoor activities with lifelong friends and family members.

Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Birch Island Camp Company, care of Jack Hanover, 158 Farley Road, Hollis, NH 03049.

A private memorial service will be held in Bristol, R.I. Her ashes will be interred in her family’s plot at the North Burial Ground, in Bristol.

Arrangements were made by the Knight Funeral Home of Hartford, Vt.