SULLIVAN and HANCOCK — Lydia C. Smith, 89, of Sullivan, passed away Oct. 24, 2011, at Golden Acres Boarding Home, Hancock, following a long illness. Lydia was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Stamford, Conn., the daughter of Edward H. and Nellie M. (Pillsbury) Smith.
Her father was the principal of Stamford High School, where she graduated in 1938. After graduation, she worked at Pitney-Bowes and Electric Indicator. She attended the University of Vermont, and received her first teaching assignment in Darien, Conn. She received a master’s degree and professional certificate from Columbia University in New York. When wanderlust hit in 1954, she joined the Civil Service, and taught overseas in schools for military dependents. She served in Frankfurt, Berlin and Augsburg, Germany; Bar le Duc, and Fontainbleau France; Lakenheath, England; Aviano, Italy; Yokohama, Japan; with her final station being Zeist, Holland. She returned to the States each Christmas to spend time with her brother and his family in Connecticut, and they all spent summers together at the family home in Sullivan. In 1989, Lydia retired to Sullivan, where she cultivated her appreciation of gardening and especially day lilies.
Lydia is survived by her niece, Louisa, and sister-in-law, Claire, both of Connecticut.
Calling hours will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. A private burial service will take place the following day at Simpson Cemetery, Sullivan. Lydia’s family would like to acknowledge the compassionate, loving care she received in her final years at Golden Acres. Contributions in Lydia’s memory may be made to Hospice of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth, ME 04605. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” A. A. Milne