Jeanne Smith

Jeanne Smith

Monday, March 19th, 1928 Friday, September 18th, 2020

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Obituary for Jeanne Elizabeth Smith (McGuire)

Jeanne (McGuire) Smith, 92, wife of the late Howard W. (“Buddy” or “Red”) Smith died on Friday, September 18, 2020. Jeanne was a lifelong resident of the Hazardville section of Enfield. She was born on Monday, March 19, 1928 to William J. and Beatrice (Pierce) McGuire. Jeanne graduated from Hazardville Grammar School and attended Enfield High School. As a child she worked on her uncles’ Pierce farm on Abbe and Town Farm Roads and then worked for many years at E.C. Allen’s general store on Main Street in Hazardville. Jeanne and Howard grew broadleaf tobacco and potatoes on their farm for many years, later switching to sweet corn and vegetables and running a roadside stand. After Howard’s passing, Jeanne ran a greenhouse operation, growing and selling vegetable and flower plants with help from her good friend Judy Locke, and retired from that at age 75.
Jeanne was raised in the Hazardville United Methodist Church and after her marriage to Howard in 1952 was a faithful parishioner of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, now Holy Trinity Church, and served at one time as a member of the vestry. She was a member of the Connecticut Farm Bureau and had been a member of the Enfield Republican Town Committee. After her retirement she joined the Enfield Senior Center, where she exercised and made many new friends who were very good to her and became as dear to her as her many lifelong friends. Jeanne loved to travel and visited many countries on several continents. She was a fan of the UConn Women’s Basketball team, having been brought to many games by Vanessa McGuire and her good friend Joyce Henderson.
Jeanne was predeceased by her sisters Eunice Downton and Mildred Doreski and brothers William McGuire and John McGuire, her niece Miriam Vandersea, her nephews Donald Smith and Peter McGuire and her cousins, Pearl (Burrows) Miller and Lois (Pierce) Osier. She is survived by her sister Roberta DeCaro of Enfield and her brother Thomas McGuire, Sr. of Stafford, and nephews and nieces William Doreski, Michael McGuire, John DeCaro, Lynn Pyrcz, Thomas McGuire, Jr., Nancy Hill, David McGuire, Robert McGuire, Karen Bradway, Edward McGuire, Marie Sciullo, Timothy McGuire and Mark McGuire, and several great and great, great nieces and nephews.
Her family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 23, from 2-4 PM at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd. Enfield. A Graveside Service will take place on Thursday, September 24, at 11:00 AM at Hazardville Cemetery. Everyone is asked to meet at the gravesite. MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED AT THE FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 383 Hazard Avenue, Enfield, CT 06082
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT
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    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Masks and social distancing are required at the funeral home.
  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Hazardville Cemetery
    Elm St
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    Thursday, September 24th, 2020
    Masks and social distancing are required at the cemetery.
    Rev. Steven Ling
  • Interment

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Hazardville Cemetery, Enfield
    Elm St
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    Thursday, September 24th, 2020

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Laurie Crisafi

My sincere condolences to all of Jeanne's family. I had the pleasure of meeting Jeanne while working at the Enfield Senior Center and she was there every day with a smile and her great sense of humor. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard or enjoyed a job more than I did when Jeanne and her "buddies" were there. I was always impressed by the places Jeanne traveled and how her social calendar was busier than many folks far younger than she was. It always made me smile to drive by her house and see her on her tractor working in her yard. She'll be missed by so many and I am honored to have known her.
Comment | Posted at 09:10am via Condolence

Joyce Henderson

I am sad to lose an amazing and caring friend. She was so kind and caring to everyone. Jeanne loved going to the movies, plays, dining out and her Uconn Women's basketball to name of few. No matter where we went she was always ready for a good laugh with a beer or wine in hand. Now that you're in Heaven I am sure you will entertain your old and new friend with your wit and laughter. You will be truly missed.... Joyce Henderson
Comment | Posted at 06:45pm via Condolence

Alice Allen

My deep and sincere sympathy to Jeanne's family. Jeanne was a member of the 'crew' at E. C. Allen's for most of her adult life and was a kind and lovely lady. I worked with Jeanne for many years and she was always cordial and helpful to our customers and was loved by those who met her. She will be missed by so many friends that knew her as the lady she was. I am pleased to have known her and worked with her. Alice Allen
Comment | Posted at 06:32pm via Condolence

Jeffrey Browne

To JEAN and RED your great people. I was very fortunate to be able to have a friendship with both you. Jean started and E C ALLENS STORE her selling me penny candy..Later selling me flowers and vegetables at a roadside stand..I met RED at Scitico market when I was a bag boy.. RED and i had a lot of good laughs..with him..I’m so fortunate that I was lucky enough to meet you both,and spend time with you. take care,, and one of these days I’ll catch up with you Jeffrey Browne
Comment | Posted at 04:34pm via Condolence

Sandy Richard

Jeanne was truly a remarkable woman. Her attitude even to the last was positive, caring and feisty. I’m sure Jeanne is somewhere up yonder on her “John Deere” working in a field and finishing her day with a glass of wine. Rest well my friend, I’ll miss your bright blue eyes and wonderful smile. Sandy Richard
Comment | Posted at 04:17pm via Condolence

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