Sylvia Jean (Willey) Smith 65 of Winchester died on December 24, 2010 peacefully in Keene with the love and compassion of her family at her side. She died after a period of failing health.
She was born the daughter of Irene (Gallup) and Brainard Willey in Greenfield, Mass. on June 16, 1945.
Sylvia moved to Winchester with her family as a child and attended local schools. She graduated from Thayer High School in Winchester class of 1963.
On September 7, 1963 she married Donald H. Smith Jr. at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Ashuelot. The have been happily married for forty seven years.
Mrs. Smith worked at various jobs over her life time. She was a cashier at Small-Eaze Grocery Store in Winchester for many years before retiring in 1996.
Sylvia was a member of St. Michael’s Church in Ashuelot before it closed. She was a die hard Harley Davidson fan. She loved to get on the bike and just go. Her travels on the bike with her husband took her to places like Sturgis, South Dakota, Daytona Beach, Florida and local trips to Laconia. When she wasn’t traveling on the back of the bike Sylvia liked to sun bath and spend time in her flower and vegetable gardens.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband Donald H. Smith Jr. of Winchester. She leaves three children; James E. Smith of Hinsdale, Kelli A. Smith of Winchester and Brian D. Smith of Swanzey. Gram will be missed by her four grandchildren; Thomas Willard Jr. Steven Willard, Melinda Smith and Payton Smith. She is pre-deceased by her parents and only brother Robert Willey who died in 2001.
Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm. A Liturgy of the Word will be held on Thursday at 10am. all in the funeral home. Burial will be announced in the spring to take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, at the request of the family monitory donations should be sent in memory of Sylvia J. Smith to the Alzheimer’s Research Center, 640 Jackson St. St. Paul, MN. 55101.