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Maria “Jean” Smith

February 5th, 2013

Maria Jean (Devlin) Smith, of Wilmington, fondly known as Jean to her family and friends, died peacefully on February 4, 2013, she was 86 years old.

Jean was born in Brighton, MA, on December 20, 1926, she was the dear daughter of the late John T. and Mary Elizabeth (Cummings) Devlin. She was raised in the Auburndale section of Newton and was a graduate of Newton High School.

Jean married Gilbert Smith on March 24, 1945, sharing more than 62 years of marriage and raising five children before his passing in 2007.  Jean and Gilbert moved to Hancock, New Hampshire where they enjoyed living on a non-working farm for 18 years.

In 1964, Jean and Gilbert moved to Wilmington where they resided for over 40 years. Family was first and foremost to Jean, she was a devoted wife and mother, kind, caring, and supportive, and her love for her family was unconditional. Jean cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, They were the light of her life.

In her spare time, Jean enjoyed going for long walks with her best friend, Charlotte Stewart, spending time in her garden and going to the Wilmington Senior Center. She was also a member of the Wilmington Garden Club, a voracious reader, a talented seamstress, and loved quilting, knitting and many other arts and crafts, creating many gifts or donations for craft fairs.

Jean was truly quite a lady who had a great sense of humor and a big heart. She will be greatly missed.

Jean was the beloved wife of the late Gilbert Smith, devoted mother of David Smith of Wakefield, Deborah Whitworth & her husband Jon of Pelham, NH, Pamela Smith & Ed Belekewicz of North Providence, RI, Gary Smith & his wife Marie of Chelmsford, and Kristine Smith of Billerica, loving “Nana” of Christopher Smith & his wife Jennifer, Alexa Baker & her husband Johnathan, Kerry Smith, Tracie Hatt & her husband Christopher, Tania Whitworth & her fiance Tim Poplar, Kelly Smith, Leanne Smith, and great-grandchildren Quinn Smith, Sean Baker, Jacob and Alissa Hatt, and Trista Poplar, dear sister of the late June Colantuono, Leonard Devlin, and Thomas Devlin. Jean is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Sunday, February 10th from 12-2 p.m. Followed followed by a Funeral Service at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Jean’s memory may be made to a Charity of One’s Choice.

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10 Entries in Guest Book for “Maria “Jean” Smith”

  1. Susan and Bob Belekewicz says:

    To all the Smiths,
    We are so very sorry for your loss but know that your Mom is finally at peace and in a better place. Cherish your lovely memories of her.
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love,
    Sue & Bob

  2. Terry McDermott says:

    So sorry for your loss. Jean was a very nice person. I met her at the Town Museum and I know she was active in other organizations around town. She will be missed.

  3. Greg and Adele Smith says:

    We will miss her keeping us all in check at our summer get togethers. I fear we will now become the true hooligans she knew we were! (You know I mean Eddie and Gary)
    Your Mom really could make us laugh at ourselves and we enjoyed her sense of humor and love of family. Love Adele & Greg

  4. Patsy Anacki says:

    to Tania, Tim and family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved grandmother. After reading her obituary, I can see why she was so dear to you. She was quite a lady!!!!! Please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers right now during this difficult time.
    Much love to you all,
    Your friends from Southern Wine & Spirits of New England

  5. Greg, Shahin and Megan Smith says:

    We wanted to express our sadness at the loss of such a sweet woman. She will always hold a special place in our lives and memories of our wedding as she and Gilbert were the couple that had been married the longest.
    During this time, please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Barbara and Nick Pappas says:

    Kris and family, We are so sorry for your loss. This is a hard time but will get easier and the wonderful memories of your mother will help you get through it all. <3

  7. Matt,Jessica and Lola Smith says:

    Our condolences on the loss of a wonderful much loved woman.

  8. Ed Munafo says:

    Our hearts and prayers go out to the Smith Family in your time of loss.

  9. Marge and Charlie Palmer says:

    Our sincerest condolences for the loss of such a beautiful woman. Jean’s grace, courage and sense of humor made her so special. She will always be in our hearts.

  10. June Moore (Wright) says:

    I have never forgotten our times at the farm and with each other. I thought your mom was a beautiful woman and always had a smile on her face…a kind face. I am so glad my mom got a chance to see her before she passed. May you know that she will always be in my heart. My prayers go out to all of you.

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