Miriam's Story

Dover-Foxcroft - Miriam L. Smith went home to be with her Lord on August 7, 2016. She was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on April 7, 1925, the daughter of Herbert and Elsie Shilcock Flowers.

Miriam, known to many as "Mim", graduated from Stetson High School in Randolph, Massachusetts in 1943, and worked for a time at Brockton Edison before subsequently moving with her family to Dover-Foxcroft where they took up residence on the family dairy farm on the Greeley's Landing Road. She worked for the George Howard Agency and as an operator for New England Telephone before marrying her husband, the late Myles E. Smith of Sangerville, on February 16, 1946. After their marriage, the couple lived in Sangerville before moving to Dover-Foxcroft in 1950.

Mim was active in the Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church and the local Garden Club. She was a lifetime member of the Miriam Chapter of Eastern Star.

She dedicated her life to her marriage and family. She worked hard to make a beautiful and loving home in which to raise her children. Mim enjoyed collecting antiques and tending her flower gardens. Her faith sustained her in times of deep sorrow and she always faced life with courage, practicality and a marvelous sense of humor. She was the center of her family and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed.

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband of 55 years. She was also predeceased by her son, Dennis R. Smith of Sangerville; and her brother, Herbert G. Flowers of Harrisville, RI.

She is survived by a son, Douglas M. Smith and wife, Cartha; a daughter, Virginia E. Gass and her husband, Neil; a daughter-in-law, Beth P. Smith; and grandchildren, Ronald E. Reed, Jr., Joshua E. Reed, Deron P. Smith, Amy R. Smith, Erin L. Smith, Benjamin N. Smith, Kaitlin S. Grochon; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews, and a special sister-in-law, Ruth Flowers of Harrisville, RI.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church on August 22, 2016 at 11 A.M. with a luncheon reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mim's memory to CHCS Home Health and Hospice at 1093 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426 or to the Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church, PO Box 62, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426.

Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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