Canton – Christina (Swett) Smith, 77, a resident of Main Street, Jay, died Sunday morning, March 8, at the Victorian Villa Nursing Home in Canton where she had been a resident for one week.

She was born Oct. 29, 1931, in Rangeley, the youngest child of Archie and Vallie (Wilbur) Swett. Christina attended school in Wilton and graduated from Wilton Academy in 1950.

She married her life-long sweetheart of 55 years, Jack Smith, in East Wilton on June 27, 1953. He recently passed away on March 3, 2009. She worked at Forster Manufacturing in the clerical department for four years, Norwalk Shoe as a stitcher and she and her husband, Jack, owned and operated Jack’s Variety on Jay Hill for 22 years. During those years Christina was a correspondent for the Lewiston Sun Journal and a registrar for the town of Jay. She became a member of the Jay Baptist Church in 1962, and was still an active member. For many years she helped with vacation Bible school and loved performing as the mascot.

She enjoyed playing the piano, organ, accordian and singing in the church choir. She also enjoyed going for rides, especially finding treasures at lawn sales. Christina loved baking biscuits and homemade doughnuts and always made sure all the family had their share. She was also known for her cake decorating, and her cakes were enjoyed by many on several occasions. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed by those that knew and loved her.

She is survived by her two daughters, Mavis Fitch and her husband, Bill, of Jay and Diane Nelson and her husband, Mike, of Jay; a son, Randy Smith and his wife, Lynn, of Jay; grandchildren, Kelli Hanson, Dan Fitch, Nicole Smith, A.J. Nelson, Steve and Julie Nelson; two great-grandchildren, Rachel and Faith Hanson.

She was predeceased by three older brothers, Ozro, Junior and Calvin Swett; and an infant sister, Virginia.

The family would like to thank the staff of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice as well as the Victorian Villa Nursing Home for the kindness and compassion shown to Christina during her illness. Good bye Mom – we know that you and Dad are happy together again.

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