Edith L. Smiley 1919-2010


Edith L. Smiley


Edith L. Smiley, 90, of Augusta, died peacefully Friday morning, April 9, at her daughter’s home in Augusta, with her children by her side.

Born Oct. 19, 1919, the daughter of Charles and Marie (Link) Luger in New Rochelle, N.Y., she was the fourth of seven children. Edith attended school in Farmington and worked for several years at Carroll Macomber’s Wood Mill, where she met Donald R. Smiley Sr. They were married November 5, 1938. Donald died June 12,1992. Edith was a housewife for much of her life, working on the farm with her husband. She is well known throughout the state for growing and selling perennial flowers from her gardens at 156 Smiley Road, from 1975 to 2005. Edith was very fond of the arts, having a talent for drawing, painting, woodworking, quilting, singing, and is remembered by her children and grandchildren for the old tunes she was known to whistle often.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanice Honas and her husband, John, of Augusta; two sons, Donald R. Smiley Jr. and his wife, Pamela, of Farmington, and Richard D. Smiley and his wife, Joyce, of Chesterville; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Hoar of Farmington, and Marie Brown of East Wilton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is predeceased by her husband, Donald, of 53 years; two great-granddaughters, Jossilyn and Zelina; and four brothers, Charles, Philip, John, and Robert.