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Ethelmarie (Lear) Smith
June 24, 1937 ~ December 2, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Ethelmarie Smith, 86, of Chaumont, NY passed away at her home on Saturday, December 2nd with her family at her bedside.
Ethelmarie was born on June 24th, 1937 in Theresa, NY to Raymond and Margaret (Baker) Lear. She graduated from Lyme Central School and attained a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego before serving as a third grade teacher at Dexter Elementary. She retired after 33 years in 1992 from General Brown School. She was also a co-owner of Smitty’s Antiques for nearly 50 years She was part of the Lions Club and served the community through her work at the First Presbyterian Church of Chaumont. She loved tending to her flower gardens that she shared with many at church and birdwatching. Her greatest love was all of her family.
Ethelmarie is survived by her children Vincent (Brenda) Smith of Madera, CA, and Richelle (Jeffrey) David of Chaumont, NY as well as 7 grandchildren, Vincent, Heather, Katie, Steven, Shelby, Alyssa, and Seth (Sara), 13 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Eugene V. Smith in 2017, as well as 2 siblings, Raymond J. Lear Jr. and David C. Lear, and her parents.
A celebration of her life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Chaumont at 3 PM on Saturday, December 9th. There will be a reception to follow at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cleveland Funeral Home of Chaumont, NY. Online condolences can be made at www.clevelandfhinc.com.