Mary L. Smith
May 13, 1934 – April 6, 2020
On Monday April 6, 2020 Mary L. Smith 85, of Hamilton passed away and entered into heaven. She was born May 13, 1934 along with her identical twin sister Margaret Aliberti in Portland Maine to the late Rocco and Lucy (Paolino) Aliberti. She was the third of the “Seven” sisters Agnes, Grace, Mary, Margaret, Carolyn, Lucille and Linda. She grew up and attended school in Portland, and during the summer months Mary and her family would enjoy spending time at their beloved camp on Highland Lake with lots of extended family.
Mary loved all her sisters deeply, but she and her twin Margaret shared a special bond emotionally, spiritually and physically even having their sons Steven and Michael the same day February 28, 1959 delivered by the same doctor twenty minutes apart.
On May 21, 1956 she married Leo B. Smith they were married 58 years, and together they raised a family of five children. In 1962, the family moved to California and in 1978 Leo moved the family to Polson MT. Mary and Leo successfully ran Leo's Custom Meats, in Polson MT, for several years. Even though they made life long friends in Polson, the strain of living so far away from her beloved family, they made the decision move back to California. For the next 20 years, they lived next door to her mother, where she and Leo helped take care of her & their daughters families.
Our mom “Nana” was a loving mother and homemaker, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister & aunt, she was loved by many and was dedicated to her faith, and known for her kind and compassionate spirit.
More than anything she enjoyed spending time with her family & taking care of them, her passion was her cooking, especially her Italian dishes. She was very proud of her Italian heritage. We will miss her deeply and she will never be forgotten.
Mary is predeceased by her husband Leo, also predeceased by her daughter Michelle Smith, and her three sisters Grace, Margaret and Carolyn. She is survived by her children daughter Margaret (Rick) Buchanan of Hamilton; son Michael Smith of Fullerton CA; Lucille (Jerry) Hernandez of Orange CA; and Laura Clairmont of Ronan; ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren; sisters Agnes, Lucille & Linda, and brother-in-law Richard Jordan, and sister-in-law Alice Smith. Other extended family including numerous nieces and nephews, special friends Connie and Marcie.
Services for Mary will be announced at a later date. Family suggests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Assembly of God Church, Hamilton MT.
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