Marilyn Kay Smith 77 of Terryville, CT passed peacefully away in the home her husband built for her. Born Marilyn Kay Belden on November 15, 1940 in Spirit Lake, Iowa, she is predeceased by her late husband of 52 years, Elmon E Smith Jr. of Terryville, CT.
Marilyn had no problem catching snakes, raising squirrels, playing softball, or tanning in her bikini. She carved tractors from Hershey bars for her friend Ann, and mastered tortilla making from scratch with her fellow transplant Rebeca. And later when she slowed down, she enjoyed watching her hummingbirds on the porch with her friend Dottie.
Marilyn traveled the USA by car with her husband, children, and her children's children, etc. ... She also traveled the globe; Iceland, England, Ireland, Peru, Mexico, Philippines, and her most favorite were her safaris in Africa with her friend Lani.
She was active in her children's lives participating in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, rooted for the underdog, lived for Sunday Nascar races, and hated Trump's hair. She worked the original type telephone switchboard (one ringy dingy) thru modernism until retirement from what ended up being AT&T.
Marilyn LOVED being a mom, even though it was mostly a thankless task. When her children grew and moved away, she raised grandchildren like her own and helped with their children. She always had her door open and coffee ready. She never complained of her health or burdened anyone with demands. She looked forward to whoever came over to visit or check in and gave up quietly for the ones who didn’t. She was not the perfect mother, nor claimed to be one, but the kids she had know she was the BEST.
She is survived by Todd A Smith of Vermont, Kim Cabiya of Torrington, Tina Cabiya of Torrington, Porche Michaud of Bristol, David Shields of MA, her grandchildren; Steven Colletti, Kayla Smith, Sami Smith, all of Simsbury and her great-grandkids; Chase Sherman and Merkorie Rojek both of Bristol. These people will miss her forever, remember her fondly, and speak her name often.