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Marion McNeely Smith, 92, of Randolph Manor, formerly of Cemetery Hill Road, Randolph and Port Charlotte, FL., died Tuesday, May 24, 2022 while in the care of Hospice.

Marion was born in Oneonta, NY, the daughter of James Holley McNeely and Edith Wheeler McNeely. She often shared memories of how her mother’s family emigrated from England to work on the railroad at Oneonta, which was the site of the largest roundhouse in the world during those golden times. When Marion was a senior in high school, she moved with her parents and sister, Dolores, to Morris, NY, after her father returned home from serving in the military.

After graduating from high school in 1947, Marion attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. As Marion completed her nursing training in New York, she was introduced to her future husband and love of her life, Erle A. Smith, Jr. Marion and Erle were married on November 22, 1951, at the Episcopal Church in Zion in Morris, NY.

Marion was a devoted wife and mother. Early in her career, she worked as a nurse in New York and as a school nurse in the Cherry Valley Central School system. Marion was active as a volunteer nurse while she, Erle and their three young daughters resided in Margaretville, NY. Later, she returned to school and earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. Marion worked for many years in the Otsego County and Cattaraugus County school systems as a speech-language pathologist, until her retirement in 1985.

During their retirement years, Marion and Erle enjoyed spending their summer months in Randolph, NY and the winter months in Port Charlotte, FL, where Marion volunteered at the Charlotte County Environmental Center. She was an avid reader who also enjoyed hiking, cross-country skiing, gardening, and listening to music from the big band era. Marion obtained her Amateur Extra Class Ham radio license at a time when few women achieved this top American license class, and she served as Controller of Navy Mars Net for many years.

Marion was predeceased by her parents, her sister and her husband, Erle. She is survived by her three daughters, Cindy Smith of Oneida Castle, NY; Wendy Smith (husband Robert Schilling) of Lecanto, FL; and Laura Buttram (husband Douglas) of Youngsville, North Carolina; two cousins, six nieces and nephews, four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Marion’s family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Randolph Manor and the staff for the loving care provided to our mother during the five years she was in their care.

Arrangements are entrusted to Van Rensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church Street, Ran-dolph, New York. To send a condolence, log on to www.vanrensselaerandson


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