Irene Smith Wade

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Irene Smith Wade

July 01, 1925 - December 15, 2018

Bangor and Conn. Irene Smith Wade, 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 15, 2018. She was undoubtedly welcomed "home" by her predeceased husband, Orrin F. Wade of 59 years, with a big smile and bear hug after waiting ten years to be reunited. Irene was born on July 1, 1925, in Charleston, Maine, the daughter of the late Lewis L. Smith and Helen (Skinner) Smith.
She was predeceased by sisters, Berdena Strout, and Glennyse Legeza, and brothers, Lewis L. Smith Jr., and Donald Smith. She is survived by three sisters, Shirley Clark, Barbara Whitehead, and Virginia Bryer; three brothers, Norman Smith, Albert Smith, and Sheldon Smith; daughter, Narda Wade Allen; son, Kent F. Wade; granddaughter, Amanda Collazo; and two great-grandsons, David Collazo Jr. and Andrew Joel Collazo; plus nieces and nephews.
Irene made roots in Connecticut for the past 57 years residing in Derby, Ansonia, Seymour and Shelton. She was a gentle, kind and generous lady whose beautiful blue eyes twinkled when she smiled. Besides family and friends, she will leave her memory with those whose lives she touched throughout her 35 years of employment at Woolworth Co.; being a member of the First Congregational Church of Derby; she enjoyed doing crafts, sewing, various needlework, quilting, and baking, contributing these items to her church fairs and making sure all her family received gifts of her creations. Together with her husband, they would always welcome and help out the children within the community and at their apartment complex.
A memorial service will be held 3 pm. Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, ME, with Pastor Mark Arnold of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Exeter officiating. Family and friends are invited to share conversation and refreshments at The Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St, Bangor following the service.
Those who would like to remember Irene in a special way may make a memorial contribution
to an organization that benefits children such as Make a Wish Foundation,66 Mussey Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074, or to the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1195 Stetson Road, Exeter, Maine 04435.
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Published on December 21, 2018
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4 posts

Rest in peace
Dec 27, 2018
Good better best never let it rest till the good is better and the better is best. I never forgot that saying and live by it today.
Tanis Allen
Dec 26, 2018
My sincere sympathy to Narda , Kent and family. Irene was a lovely lady , and is fondly remembered .
Jim Boulay
Dec 23, 2018
Truly a celebration of a long and fruitful life..such a wonderful lineage may God Bless
Amanda Collazo
Dec 22, 2018
The red and smile you wore, the love you gave, the kindness you showed will forever be in our hearts. You are missed Grandma! But, we have been fortunate to have you a lot longer and well Grandpa deserves to have time with you once again. You're in a place of glory and wonder and have everlasting life. One without pain and sorrow. It's a difficult time of year to lose you, as it would be at anytime. But, I'm happy for you! How blessed are you to spend Christmas in Heaven, celebrating Jesus' birthday!
Love you tons, and will be seeing you when the time is right.

Love always,

Your one and only Granddaughter....Amanda