Claire (Lapham) Smith

WALLINGFORD, Ct. – Claire (Lapham) Smith, 91, of Wallingford, wife of the late Leroy G. Smith, passed away Feb. 12, 2019, at Masonicare in Wallingford. She was born in Greenwood, Maine on Nov. 16, 1927, a daughter of the late Carlton and Lillian (Cross) Lapham.

She graduated from Gould Academy in Bethel, and Bates College in Lewiston, where she earned her Bachelor;s Degree in Education. She loved to volunteer her time and spent much of her time helping Habitat for Humanity, First Congregational Church of Wallingford, and the Wallingford Homeless Shelter. She loved to read and play the piano, and loved to shovel snow.

She is survived by her son, Christopher R. Smith and his wife Blanca of Southington, Ct., her daughters, Diana Pound and her husband Robert of Colebrook, Ct., Rebecca A. Kesilewski and her husband Mark of Meriden, Ct. and Kathleen M. Corden and her husband Charles of Floral City, Fla.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Kenneth Lapham and her sister, Nellie Swan.

Her family will receive relatives and friends in The Yalesville Funeral Home, 386 Main St., Yalesville section of Wallingford on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment will be in Maine. www.wallingfordfh.com

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to:

The First Congregational Church of Wallingford

23 South Main St.

Wallingford, CT 06492

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