WOODBURY — Louise “Wese” Hodge Smith passed away peacefully after a valiant fight against a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, November 10, 2019, one week shy of her 89th birthday.
Louise is survived by her children, Andy Smith (Kelly) of Lyme, Ginny Lalley (Leo) of Cape Coral, Fla., Douglas Smith (Sissy) of Garnet Valley, Pa., and Susan Turner (Richard) of Woodbury, and her brother, Harry Hodge (Gaye) of Guilford. Louise had nine grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; one niece and four nephews, all of whom were dear to her heart.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Smith, and parents, Hugh Bayard Hodge, Jr., and Martha Clapp Hodge. She was also Benjamin Franklin’s fifth great-granddaughter.
Louise was born November 16, 1930 in Chicago, Ill., and after moving multiple times, landed in Scarsdale, N.Y., spending her summers in Sachem’s Head (Guilford). She graduated from Colby College in Maine where she met her future husband, Richard Smith.
She graduated with a B.A. in psychology (for those of you who knew Dick, it came in handy). She wanted to major in math but detested calculus. She used her math skills when she went to work at Life Magazine in New York City. She loved correlations so they put her to work on a very important, very fluid study: Correlating the number of toilets in every household that had a Life Magazine subscription. She was very proud of her work!
Louise and Dick married November 27, 1954 and settled in Woodbury for the remainder of her life, raising four beautiful children.
They all got a piece of her spirit and her humor. When Doug would call and say it’s your handsome son, she would say “hello Andy!”
Louise was known for her infectious smile, great sense of humor and as the occasional perpetrator of hijinks. She spent her free time racking up sailing trophies, playing tennis, kayaking, swimming and skiing.
Louise was an accomplished dancer and dance teacher for many years. Her happy feet were always tapping and her legs kicking high above her shoulders well into her 80s. She was an active and dedicated member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodbury, opening her home for many years to her weekly Bible study group. These great ladies became very near and dear to her, and she really cherished this special time among beloved friends.
Louise always had a twinkle in her eyes, smile on her face and saw the good in every situation. Even with the countless roadblocks and obstacles thrown in her path these last few years, she maintained her smile and ever positive attitude.
She was an inspiration to all who had the opportunity to know her.
She was a true and faithful servant of Christ. Her ability to love unconditionally served as an awesome testament to family and friends.
A celebration of her life took place on her birthday, Saturday November 16, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Woodbury.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at give.bcrf.org.
The family offers their gratitude to Richard Turner for always “doting on Nana.”