Phyllis Smith, 96, a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2023 with family by her side.
Born in Framingham on January 10, 1927, she was one of 15 children of the late Ruth (Lougee) and Louis Chouinard of Hopkinton. She was predeceased by her husband, Tom Ed Smith (July 1982), and her son James R. Smith (May 2023). She is survived by her son, Thomas E. Smith and his wife Melanie A. Smith of Hopkinton, her daughter-in-law Nancy Smith the wife of the late James R. Smith of Hopkinton; her siblings: Herbert (Rick) Chouinard and his wife Jackie of Westboro, Phillip Chouinard and his wife Thelma of Ashland, Thelma Pageau of Watertown; three grandchildren, David T. Smith and his wife Wendy Smith, Jason D. Smith of Phillips Maine, Kaitlin Smith and her husband Edward Painter. She leaves four great-grandchildren: Kelsey, Samantha, Hunter, and Josie; two great-great-grandchildren: Lyla and Roxous. She also leaves behind many nieces, and nephews, in Massachusetts, Tennessee, Oregon, and Alaska.
Phyllis was a devoted wife, mother, and sister. Her world revolved around her whole family with parties, weekend get-togethers with cookouts, anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, and vacations together. She was an active member of The First Congregational Church in Hopkinton and loved teaching Sunday School. She especially relished her time spent on Winnipesaukee, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard. She also loved taking long rides throughout New England with her family on Sundays. She had to drop out of high school to help her mother and father take care of her siblings, but despite that setback, she went on to become an excellent bookkeeper and office manager for several companies; most noticeably the UAW as their Secretary/Treasurer office manager. Her latter years were spent working for the town of Hopkinton in the Tax Collector’s office, where she was well-known and liked. She worked into her eighties until her family made her retire. She continued to work as a volunteer at the Hopkinton Senior Center for a number of years.
She is forever at peace now in God’s hands and will be ever loved by those left behind.
A funeral service will take place on Saturday, October 21st at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton. Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704 Hagerstown, MD 21741.