Marie F. Smith

October 1, 1931-July 2, 2021


Marie F. Smith, (nee Alessandro) passed away peacefully on July 2, 2021. She was a beloved mother,
grandmother and sister who held family close to her heart. She was born October 1, 1931 in Boston MA
to Antonio and Felicia Alessandro. She raised three sons originally in the North End of Boston, and then
in Florida and California before settling back in the Boston area in the early 1970’s.
She is survived by her son James R. Smith and daughter-in-law Diane Farraher-Smith of Saugus, MA who
cared for Marie over many years; her son Richard T. Smith and fiancé Stephanie Arii of Honolulu, HI;
grandchildren, Cheralyn MacDonald of FL, Lindsey Nicholson and her husband Scott of Melrose MA,
Jonathan Smith and his fiancé Jeni Magana of Los Angeles CA and great grandchildren, Regan and Logan
MacDonald of FL and Juliette and Henry Nicholson of Melrose MA. Marie also leaves her brothers
Rinaldo “Dickie” Alexandria of PA, Roger Alessandro of MA and her sister Annette Salvaggio of Boston, MA as well
as many nieces and nephews.

Marie was predeceased by her son George M. Smith, a Vietnam vet who suffered injuries while on active
duty resulting in quadriplegia and who Marie gave up her career and devoted herself in providing full
care to him for over 15 years; and siblings, John, Vito, Tony, Joseph, Connie (Russo), Susan (Sweeney),
Carlo, and Rico.

Services are private. Arrangements by Boston Cremation, Malden MA. The family thanks Bear Hill
Nursing Care Center and Merrimack Valley Hospice for the wonderful care and love they provided to
Marie. Donations in Marie’s memory may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street,
Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01803.


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6 Condolences

  1. Kathy Duckett on July 6, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Diane and family -I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you all at this sad time.

  2. Joan & John Dobbins on July 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Dear Jim & Diane, our deepest condolences. May she rest in God’s peace.

  3. Debbie Huntley on July 6, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Diane and family- I’m so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve. I’m sure you will cherish her memories.

  4. Karen E Gomes on July 6, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Dear Diane,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of Nana. You were an amazing daughter in law to her, and your family all provided her with much love and comfort. You, Jim and your children and grandchildren are very much in my thoughts.

  5. Stacy Mahan on July 6, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Jim and Diane and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Nanas passing, you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Stacy

  6. Michael and Debbie Coscia and Family on August 7, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Dear Jimmy, Diane, and Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of your loving Mother. We have such wonderful memories of your Mom, Jim. One year, you planned a roller skating party for Lindsey’s birthday and you invited Nana to come. She came, put on her roller skates and away she went! She laughed and had such a good time. This is how we remember your Mother, Jimmy. She was warm, caring, enjoyed having fun, and she loved you and her family more than anything. You took such beautiful care of her all through the years. We can only imagine how much she appreciated all the TLC you gave her. We are praying that you feel the love surrounding each of you now. We are so very sorry for your loss.

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