Obituary of Marion O. Smith

Marion Smith

Marion “Skip” Smith, 97, formerly of Alford died Tuesday March 8, 2022 at her home in Great Barrington.  Marion was born in Stockbridge on January 3, 1925 daughter of Charles and Mabel (Hathaway) DuPuy.  She was raised at Chesterwood and was a graduate of the former Williams High School class of 1942.  After high school Marion attended the Merrill School of Business in Stamford CT and worked as a secretary for the Nestle Company until 1946.  Upon returning to the Berkshires she took a position as bookkeeper for the Steven’s Grain Company (formerly at the top of Railroad St in Great Barrington) where she met her husband-to-be, Russell Smith.

Russell and Marion were married 58 years during which they raised a large family on their small homestead in Alford.

Marion loved sharing her gift of music and for over 15 years traveled as a volunteer with her small accordion to all the local nursing homes and senior centers bringing the joy of music to so many others.  She volunteered as an organist at many of the local churches and always jumped at the chance to play the piano. These most recent years playing next door at the Claire Teague Senior Center that she loved.

Her hands were rarely idle.  When not playing music she was working on latch hook rugs or knitting, making hundreds of handmade gifts for family, friends and neighbors.  She was loved by many for her cheerful and generous ways.

Marion is survived by 2 sons, 7 daughters, 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband and 2 sons.

Per Marion’s request there will be no services.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to the Claire Teague Senior Center or Hospice Care of the Berkshires in care of Birches-Roy Funeral Home, 33 South St, Great Barrington MA 01230.   Condolences can be made through

5 Responses to Obituary of Marion O. Smith

  1. Marion was such a pleasure to have at the senior center when I was director. She was such a positive person always made everyone feel welcome. Marion will be missed by many.

  2. Many of the less fortunate were blessed with Marion’s genuine kindness throughout the years. I feel richer to have known her.

  3. Skip was a person who brought joy to all who she met and knew. I got to know her through her friendship with my mother and she used to substitute at our church organ when I went on vacations. She will always be remembered for her music and the joy she brought with either the piano or her accordion. She will be missed.

  4. Skip was a good friend both to me and to my mother, and I worked for years with her and Russell with their cows in Alford. She was always welcoming and lovely, a true old-time Berkshire person.

  5. Just wanted you to know how SPECIAL I thought Marion was. I first met Marion at the Senior Center where she was knitting. She showed me how and encouraged me . I often went to her apartment for help. She was a very special lady with a bright smile and kind heart. She will truly be missed but I am so thankful I knew her.

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