OBITUARY

Mrs. Dolores Lorraine (Landry) Smithers

October 24, 1936January 5, 2019
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LYNN – Dolores Lorraine (Landry) Smithers, 82, a lifelong resident of Lynn, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Blueberry Hill Healthcare in Beverly after a sudden decline in health due to Alzheimer’s disease. Dolores was the beloved and devoted wife of Edward “Buddy” Smithers of Lynn with whom she shared over 60 years of marriage and unwavering mutual support. Born in Lynn on October 24th, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Frederic V. and Marcelle (Coulombe) Landry. Dolores was the loving mother of Ron Smithers, Debra Brown and her husband, Kip, Sue Beatty and her husband, John, all of Lynn, Karen Smithers and her partner, Gina of Braintree, and the late John and Thomas Smithers; the cherished grandmother of Ron Smithers, Jr. of Lynn, Erica Tanguay and her husband, Gregg of Pelham, NH, Tim Smithers of Chapel Hill, NC, Justin Brown of Lee, NH, Eric Brown of Andover, Molly Brown and her fiancé, Justin of Groveland, Keri Smithers of El Paso, TX, Christine Smithers and her fiancé, Nick of Danvers, Michele Beatty of Marblehead; the great- grandmother of Jordan and Hailey Tanguay and Shane Smithers; the dear sister of Al Landry and his wife, Karen of Juniper, FL, Marcelle Simes and her husband, Jim of Lynn, Don Landry of Acton, ME and the late Carol Maguire and Laurie Chiappini; and the aunt of many nieces and nephews. Described by a colleague as possessing an “irrepressible gift of passionate commitment to healing, helping and teaching,” at the age of 66, Dolores became a Licensed Practical Hospice Nurse after raising 6 children and a 24 year career in teaching and educational administration. Dolores graduated from St. Jean Baptiste High School in Lynn with the Class of 1953. While raising her young family of six children, Dolores became a substitute teacher at her alma mater, St. Jean-Baptiste where some of the older children attended. During that time she enrolled in classes at North Shore Community College and Salem State College to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching. After graduation, she taught second and first grades at St. Jean-Baptiste School in Lynn for over ten years before becoming its first lay principal. During her career at St. Jean-Baptiste she also earned Master’s Degrees in Education and Education Administration from Salem State. She went on to use her skills in a variety of roles at St. Pius V School for several years after being forced to close St. Jean-Baptiste in 1992. Dolores’ later career change to becoming a hospice nurse evolved from what a colleague called her “zeal and natural instincts for ministering to the ill and dying.” These qualities came from her strong religious faith and several formative personal and professional experiences providing care to the ill and dying, including her two sisters. In 1999 after becoming principal at Little Flower School at St. Benedict’s Parish in Somerville and within 2 years of her retirement, Dolores felt called to help her sister, Laurie in New Hampshire after she was diagnosed with cancer. This powerful experience, as well as caring for Laurie’s dying husband after her death, inevitably led to Dolores’ decision to enroll in a program to obtain her Licensed Practical Nurse certification after which she joined Hospice Care, Inc. in 2002 where she worked until her retirement in 2007. Dolores enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling and reading. Dolores’ funeral will be held from the CUFFE-McGINN FUNERAL HOME, 157 Maple Street, Lynn, MA on Saturday, January 12th at 10:00 a.m. followed at 11:00 a.m. by a Funeral Mass at St. Pius V Church, Lynn. Interment will be private. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 11th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Contributions in Dolores’ memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or via www.alz.org. To share a memory or leave online condolences, please visit www.cuffemcginn.com.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 12, 2019
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Mrs. Dolores Lorraine (Landry) Smithers

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Roberta Curtin

January 23, 2019

Kip, Deb and family,
So sorry to hear about Dolores’ passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you 😇
RIP
Berta & Bob

Michele Beatty

January 17, 2019

I miss you so much already, Memere. I love you.

Donna Lockard

January 11, 2019

To the entire family....my deepest condolences. I met Mrs. Smithers in 1994 when we moved to Lynn and my daughter was attending St Pius School. She was so welcoming to me and my family and realized we lived a few doors down from each other. We would see each other at church as well. She was always kind and willing to give of herself. I am sure the family has many fond memories. May she RIP with our lord. Thank you for being in my life.

Karen Smithers

January 10, 2019

Karen Smithers

January 10, 2019

Karen Smithers

January 10, 2019

Karen Smithers

January 10, 2019

Karen Smithers

January 10, 2019

Karen Smithers

January 10, 2019

Karen Smithers

January 10, 2019

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Biography

There are many words that the loved ones of Dolores Lorraine (Landry) Smithers use to describe her life; to name a few, she was exceptional, incomparable, compassionate, bold, caring, loving, and both faith and family oriented. Her fervor for life and learning was unparalleled and long-standing. Throughout her life, she drew upon her natural ability to nurture and care for others, beginning from a very early age. Dolores was the oldest of six children, whom she took the lead in caring for. She was also very faith-driven, and had a strong relationship with God and the church; so much so, that her vocational goal in high school was to become a teaching nun. These plans changed, however, once she met a striking young man, Edward (Buddy) Smithers, that would go on to become her husband. The rest, as they say, is history. Dolores and Buddy went on to build a family of six children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to being a wife and mother, Dolores also began substitute teaching at St. Jean-Baptiste School in Lynn. Described by her colleagues as "a natural teacher," Dolores went on to obtain her Associates degree in general studies, and thereafter taught the second grade for eight years, and the first grade for two years. During this time, she also obtained a Master's degree in reading and went on to become the first lay principal of St. Jean, where she remained until the school was forced to close in 1992. Fortunately, shortly thereafter, St. Pius V Church School contacted Dolores with an offer to join as an administrative assistant, where she expanded her scope of duties for the next six years and continued building special relationships with colleagues and students alike. Following this, Dolores served as a Principal of the Little Flower School at St. Benedict's Parish in Somerville where she focused on building up the school's computer programs.

Although she was within two years of retirement, a family event soon changed the course of her career. When Dolores' sister Laurie was diagnosed with cancer, she took a leave of absence in order to help care for her until she passed away. Shortly after her passing, Laurie's husband Chip was also diagnosed with cancer. Not surprisingly, Dolores stayed and helped care for him as well. Both Laurie and Chip's nurses commended Dolores on her innate nurturing ability and calm spirit. It was during this time that she felt a calling to continue to care for the terminally ill. At the age of 61, she went back to school to become an LPN and began her career as a hospice nurse until her retirement in 2007.

Dolores was an active member of the church; she was a choir member, lector, and Eucharistic member. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, and reading. She touched the lives of so many people, and left an everlasting imprint on all of our hearts. We will miss her dearly, but her memory and legacy will live on through her family and loved ones.