Phyllis Grant Smith

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POLAND SPRING – Phyllis Grant Smith, 84, died April 5, in the home where she lived much of her life. The home was a summer guest house in the 1940s and 1950s, run by her and her parents, Ida and Arthur Grant. She was born March 5, 1922 in Lewiston. She was educated at North Yarmouth Academy and Nasson College.

In 1941 she married Donald Brackett. He served and was killed in World War II. While he was in Europe, she worked with her friend and sister-in-law, Phyllis Brackett at Pratt Whitney Aircraft in Connecticut, and they traveled by car to California to work at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft.

In 1947, she married Stephen Owen Smith Jr., they had two daughters. She worked much of her life at a variety of jobs, including as a seamstress and sewing teacher, owning and operating a grocery store, and in the office of Drs. Donald DeCosta and Stanley Young. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading, cooking and especially sailing the coast of Maine in the “Puffin” and traveling in an Air Stream Caravan to Alaska.

She is survived by daughters, Tina Agren and friend, Dwight Wilcoxson of Auburn and Jean Smith Bernier of Poland Spring; grandsons, Eric Agren and wife, Carrie, of Auburn, Jason Agren and wife, Kelly and their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Agren, of South Portland, and Matthew Bernier of Poland Spring.

She was predeceased by husbands, Donald and Stephen; and her granddaughter, Sarah Jean Agren.

Sincere thanks to the caring staff of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.

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