Published DateLACONIA — Elsie Louise (Lightfoot) Smith, 92, of 227 Ledges Drive, Taylor Community, died after a brief illness on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 with family at her side at the Lakes Region General Hospital.
Elsie was born January 6, 1921 in her parents' home at 29A Pine Street, Attleborough, Mass. She was the daughter of the late Harry Card and Annie Stacy (Read) Lightfoot. . She is predeceased by her sister Helen Wild and brothers Austin, Harry, Donald and Lloyd Lightfoot.
She graduated from North Attleborough High School in 1938. She resided in North Attleborough, Mass. for over eighty-five years before moving to the Taylor Community in Laconia, N.H. seven years ago. She enjoyed making many new friends at Woodside and was able to enjoy the cultural opportunities, trips and was proud to be the Wii bowling team champion in 2010.
On April 16, 1933, Elsie became a member of The Methodist Episcopal Church, North Washington Street, North Attleborough, Mass. She was a lifetime member of this church and served as a Sunday School teacher, Church Treasurer, choir member and on many church committees.
On December 5, 1943, Elsie married Clarence Roy Smith of Morse Street, East Foxborough, Mass. At that time, he was stationed with the U.S. Army at Selman Army Airfield in Monroe, Louisiana. After returning home at the end of WWII, her two daughters were born.
In 1951, Elsie joined the staff of the Attleborough Savings Bank as a teller trainee. After thirty-four years of service, she retired in 1985 as a Vice President and Branch Administrator. After retirement Elsie enjoyed traveling with friends, learned to play the organ, volunteered her time in the office of the Visiting Nurses Association in Attleboro and created many beautiful ceramic treasures for her family.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandy Brallier and her husband, Stan, of Laconia and Cathy Gowen and her husband, Burt, of Keene, N.H.; a sister, Blanche Ilmonen of Laconia; three grandchildren, Mark Allen of Contoocook, NH, Scott Brallier of Clemmons, NC and Brian Gowen of Keene, NH; six great-grandchildren, Katherine, Aaron and Caroline of New Hampshire, and Emma, Laurin and Andrew of North Carolina and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 20 Hoppin Hill Avenue, N. Attleborough, Mass. The burial service will follow at the family plot in Paine Cemetery, North Attleborough, Mass. The interment will be followed by a reception at the United Methodist Church.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or to the First United Methodist Church, 20 Hoppin Hill Avenue, North Attleboro, MA. 02760.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.