Eliot, ME — Catherine Florence Smiledge, 93, formerly of Laurel Lane in Eliot, died on May 15, 2014, at Durgin Pines in Kittery.
Born in Calais, Maine, on August 9, 1920, she was a daughter of Ernest and Nina (Lasure) Leighton. She was raised in and attended local schools in Lynn, Mass., graduating from Lynn Classical High School in 1938.
Kay and her husband, Earle Lester Smiledge, made their home for many years in Newbury, Mass., where she worked at Triton Regional High School as a school lunch worker, enjoying the students over the years.
In the early 1980s, she and Earle made their home in Eliot where she was a very active member of the First Congregational Church of Eliot, UCC. She enjoyed bowling at the Bowl-O-Rama in Portsmouth. A talented crafter, she enjoyed knitting, craft fairs and displaying her many winning ribbons. For many years, she was active in line dancing.
She is survived by her loving family; daughter, Nina and her husband, Eugene Sauvan of East Kingston, N.H., Gary Smiledge of Gonic, N.H., Dana and his wife, Beverly Smiledge of Byfield, Mass., Brian Smiledge of Exeter, N.H., and Mark Smiledge of Dover, N.H.; grandchildren, Dean Labdon and his wife, Mary, of Japan, Pamela Labdon Kosinski and her husband, Dr. Anthony, of San Rafael, Calif., Noah Smiledge, Exeter, Dana Smiledge Jr. and his wife, Mary, and Scott Smiledge and his wife, Gina; great-grandchildren, Alisha Labdon Perusich, Dean Labdon Jr., Anthony, Alex, and Will Kosinski, Phelan Smiledge, and Isabella Smiledge-Ferragamo; and her loving sister, June Nickerson and husband, Walter, of Rowley, Mass.; and many nieces.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may visit with her family on Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the JS Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Road, Kittery, Maine. A funeral will be celebrated on Wednesday, at 11 a.m., in her church, the First Congregational Church UCC, 1361 State Rd., Eliot. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to her church, or to the Alzheimers Association of Maine.