SURRY — Judith E. (Harrington) Smith left March 15, 2014, to continue on her journey. She was born in 1942 in East Bethel, to Chester and Arlene Harrington.
She was raised on the family farm and enjoyed 4-H for many years. She earned many ribbons and money from surrounding fairs. This is also where she learned to cook and sew. She worked at Gulick Camps on Sebago for two years and graduated from Gould Academy in 1960 and never looked back. Judy worked at several businesses in the Bethel area, including Sunday River Ski Area, which she considered her second home, and the Bethel Inn. She met her first husband in Bethel and they moved to the Dover area, where they started a hardwood business and had two beautiful children, Karen Sue and J. Scott. After several years, they parted ways and Judy moved to Bangor with her children. She took an interest in motorcycles and went on many enjoyable trips. She took a waitressing job at the Chuck Wagon and this is where she met her second husband, Dawson. They leased a gas station in Brewer, bought a house in Hampden and had two children together, Sean and Dirk. After several years, Dawson took a promotion at Gibb’s Oil and they moved their family to Standish. Judy worked at Sylvania and the Red Coach Grill. Five years later, they decided to move to the Bucksport area, where they managed Wenbelle Apartments, opened a lobster pound in Belfast and ran JD’s Island Market on Verona Island. Judy also drove a school bus for 20-plus years in Bucksport, Blue Hill and Surry. Judy enjoyed spending her time with friends and family, skiing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and many other outdoor activities.
Judy leaves behind her mother, Arlene Harrington; her four sisters, Esther, Wilma, Gloria and Dori; her husband, Dawson of 40 years; and four children, Karen Lanpher and husband, Don, of Orland, J. Scott Saunders and wife, Lisa, of Corinth, Sean Smith of Hudson and Dirk Smith and wife, Angela, of Surry; nine grandchildren, Devin, Jake Jaimie, Jeremy, Morgan, Austin, Abby, Brayden and Josie; and one great-grandchild, Benelli.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to Beacon Hospice, namely Eden and Pam, among others for their kindness and support through her ordeal with multiple myeloma cancer. We would also like to express our gratitude to Cancer Care in Brewer, Liz Pizzarello and a special thank you for the loving, caring and attention she received from her daughter, Karen, during her final weeks.
At Judy’s request, there will be no visiting hours or funeral. A celebration of life will be held in her honor at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Judith’s memory to Dr. Noopur Raje, Massachusetts General Hospital, Yawkey Center, Suite 7B, Boston, MA 02114 to assist in her research for a cure for multiple myeloma cancer. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Bucksport. (mitchelltweedie-young.com)