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Martha M. Smith

March 9, 2023

Martha M. 'Marty' SmithMartha (Marty) M. Smith, 88 years old, passed away at her home Thursday afternoon, March 9, 2023 surrounded by nieces and nephews.

Marty was born on March 27, 1934 in Potsdam, NY, as the middle child to Leon and Anne Chase Maine. The family eventually moved to Carthage, NY, where she graduated from Carthage High School in 1952. Marty was a graduate of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse in numerous settings in addition to being a Hospice volunteer.

On April 23, 1955, she married Allen L. Smith at St James Catholic Church, Carthage, NY. This was the beginning of 65 years worth of traveling, outdoor adventures, community and civic involvement. Al passed away on February 23, 2020.

Marty was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church, a longtime member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) and AUSA. She and Al were part of the 13 original founders of the Little Kildare, Inc, Carry Falls, where she made many memories with her "second family". Marty enjoyed all outdoor activities and was a mentor to her nieces and nephews.

Marty is survived by one sister-in-law, Jean Smith, Altamont Springs, FL, 86 nieces and nephews, Priscilla, Ricky, Ted and Mark Sutton, and several cousins. Along with her parents and husband, she is predeceased by her brother Harold Maine, and three sisters, Helen Ormiston, Lucy Nunemaker and Pat Patchen.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Wednesday, March 15, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St Patrick’s Church on March 16 at 10:00 am, followed by burial at Glenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

Online condolences to Marty’s family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#5 Rebecca Chartrand 2023-03-14 22:31
Though I only met Marty a couple of times, it did not take long to learn what an amazing, kind and caring person she was. My condolences to all those her life had touched.
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#4 Stan Maine 2023-03-14 12:41
It is with sadness to hear of Marty's death. She was loved by all of the family. It is well known that Marty helped out so many others. Martha was our Watertown hospital connection during her Aunt Ruth's stroke in 1972. She will be lovingly remembered by us here in Potsdam.
With thanks.
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#3 Ann Drake 2023-03-11 14:43
May she rest in peace-Marty was a classmate of mine at HGS
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#2 Jeanette Lettiere 2023-03-11 12:29
So sorry to hear of the passing of Marty, She was a very special part to all of us of the Kildare family. She will be sadlly missed by our family, condolences to her family
Love Jim and Jeanette, James & Erin Michelle and Eddie Waterrs
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#1 Louie & Sandy Maine 2023-03-11 12:27
Martha was always so kind and gracious and we enjoyed our numerous visits to the camp on Carry Falls.
She always welcomed us with her warm smile. I’m glad she had a good long and healthy life and I know she will be fondly remembered by those who were fortunate enough to know her.
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