Anita Smythe, age 77, of Jonesborough passed away peacefully on January 27, 2021.
She was born on July 9, 1943 in Rome, New York, the eldest child of Allan Murray Spooner and Jean Schumaker Spooner and lived in West Edmeston, New York during her early years. She received her baccalaureate degree from The State of New York College in Buffalo, New York, and her master’s degree from The State of New York College in Brockport, New York.
Anita married the love of her life Randy Smythe on December 28, 1963. They have lived in Lyndonville, Medina and Saugerties New York and moved to Jonesborough in 2003.
During her lifetime she was a teacher of special education children in Medina, New York, and later taught busines, travel, and tourism courses at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. Anita always loved nature and even enjoyed apple picking in the fall in Western New York apple orchards. She rescued cats from animal shelters and several times adopted cats that had been abandoned in the winter cold of New York. She spent several years managing a travel agency which fostered a love of travel with her husband. During the course of their marriage she traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, and Israel, and later, after her retirement they traveled together to many states, Canada, England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Italy.
Anita had always loved sewing and became a prize-winning quilter with many quilting friends in Tennessee. She was in the Old Town Quilt Guild and served as president for two years from 2010 to 2011. She served as the vice president prior to that, and served as the membership chair. She was the chairperson and coordinator for the first charity quilt project sold during story-telling, raising money for the local food pantry in 2017. The name of that quilt was "Stars Over Jonesborough". Anita was an award winner at both Asheville and Pigeon Forge quilt shows. She was a member of a neighborhood quilting group since 2005. That group is named "Sometimes We Sew".
Anita’s cherished her family. She is survived by her husband Randy, her daughter Deana Smythe Healy and husband John (Minneapolis), brother Bill Spooner and his wife Pam (Jonesborough), brother Tom Spooner and his wife Nancy (Kenai, Alaska), sister Linda Spooner Gibson and her husband Jack (North Sutton, New Hampshire) and many nephews and nieces. Also surviving is their English “daughter” Sandra, who lived with the Smythe family for a year as an exchange student in 1982 and who became part of the family, her husband Bill Jackson, and their daughter Emily. They have lived with the Smythe family on their visits to the states, and the Smythe family has lived with the Jacksons in Stafford, UK.
She was preceded in death by their beloved son Evan who died on December 12, 2020 in Hilton Head South Carolina.
Interment will be at a later date in the family plot in Lyndonville New York.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Ballad Hospice.
Sandra, Bill and Emily Jackson
As an AFS student in 1982, I was blessed with becoming a member of Randy and Anita’s family, with Deana and Evan in Medina, New York. The love and support they showed and have continued to express over the years are beyond measure, and for which I will be forever grateful. I hold dear many memories of my American family and our travels to each other’s homes, across the US, England and throughout Europe. Each visit, gathering and celebration holds a special memory in my heart, which I will continue to treasure. Some 20 years ago you welcomed Bill and Emily into your life too, with our English sense of humour and sayings, not always having the same meaning, but the laughter that this created will be forever revisited. With all our love, Sandra Bill and Emily.
Jim and Julie Flores
So very sorry about you loss, Randy
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter.
I think you know our son Jason Flores. He live at the Marshall Road property after you did.
Again so sorry for your loss.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for God's peace and comfort for you all.
Wishing you strength to get through this. Glad she is at peace, and you can rest. Thinking of you.
I was sadly informed today of Mrs. Smythe's passing from a tourism colleague. Mrs. Smythe was my tourism professor at GCC in Batavia. I was an older student who had unfortunately who went to GCC to explore tourism after waiting tables for 10 years after high school. I was mixed up in a bad relationship for that 10 year period which caused me to drop out a couple of times to finish my two year degree. When I finally separated from that relationship and went back to finish Mrs. Smythe welcomed me back with no judgement. She took an interest in seeing me succeed and provided me with an opportunity that changed the course of my life. In December of 1998 she informed me of an opening at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Tourism department. She was serving on the tourism committee at the Chamber at that time and encouraged me and another girl to apply for the open position which would also qualify as my upcoming required internship. I didn't even know what a Chamber of Commerce did at that time but I mustered my courage and went through the interview process. To my surprise and delight I was hired as the entry level tourism assistant. Within 5 years I became the director and have remained in my role here at the Chamber ever since. This past December I celebrated 22 years with the Chamber and in an industry and job that I am passionate about. She literally changed my life and put me on the course of my life's work. Over these many years I have thought of her often and have wondered how many other lives she changed in this way. I am sorry for your family's loss. She was a wonderful person and meant a great deal to me.
Tourism Marketing Director
Genesee County Chamber of Commerce - Batavia NY.
Andy & Karey, Connor, Parker Smythe
Fond memories of Aunt Anita. Uncle Randy, we are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
My sincere condolences to you and to your family.
Millard and Judy Garland
I met Anita a few times always a pleasure.
My condolences to the Smythe family as well as my gratitude to Anita and Randy for the many things they have given to our community.
I am so sorry for your loss of Anita and Evan. I send my heartfelt prayers for you and Deana and her family. You will cherish their memories forever. God bless you all.
I am sorry for both of your tremendous losses. With thoughts and prayers.
Mr. Smythe - My very deepest sympathy for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I have many memories of Anita when we were young teachers at Oak Orchard Elementary School. One in particular was going to an auction with another friend in Lyndonville. Three platters of different sizes were offered together, we bid on them and each of us were able were able to get the size we wanted. I am still using mine and when using it I think of that day. Anita is now at peace and I am sure she is quilting up a storm.
Sending warmest wishes for strength and peace in this sad and difficult time.
Bob and Caroline Attaway
Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for you Randy over the loss of Anita and your son Evan. If there is anything that we can do, please do not hesitate to contact us. Bob and I are two doors up on the right. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings
Don and Maureen Felix
We are just so sad to hear of these terrible losses you have experienced. Our many years of friendship, sharing our wedding day and then our families as they grew are memories we cherish. We can imagine your heartache as we, too, experience our loss. Much love, Don and Maureen
Carlton and Mamie Little
Our deepest condolences goes out to you in the lost of your dear wife and closet friend. We pray God’s peace covers you and precious memories of your beloved Anita comfort you.
Richard and Anne Mingo
Sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts.
I am so saddened to hear of Anita's passing. She was a special human being with a big heart and soul. We first connected through the Old Town Quilt Guild and discovered our mutual love of New York State. I will miss her terribly.
My sincere condolences to her family.
Our heartfelt condolences, Randy. Anita was a special lady that left a deep impression on both of us. Blessings to you and Deana
I am so very sorry for the loos of Anita. She was a very good friend and I will miss her greatly
Anita was a dear friend of mine. Such a lovely and kind person. We quilted together for twenty years. I will miss her so much. I give her family my deepest condolences.
Anita was such a kind and friendly person. I will miss her sweet smile. I knew her from Quilting Guild
So sorry to hear this news. I did not know Anita but reading her obituary, you just know she was a special person. Sincere condolences for your loss, Randy.
Corinne (Gruber) Grimes
I am so saddened to hear of Mrs. Smythe's passing. I always remember her as such a kind person with warm smile. Our family is holding you and Deana up in prayer and in love.
Johanne and Robert Purple
Anita was my classmate in Edmeston Central School Class of ‘61. Robert was our English teacher. We are sorry to hear of her passing. She was a lovely, caring person. Warm regards to Randy and family.
Janice R Cramer
I cannot begin to imagine what you've experienced. I know that Anita was a very special lady and that together you raised two remarkable children. My heart goes out to you and your daughter.
I am heartbroken for the Smythe/Spooner families to learn of Anita's passing. It is my sincere prayer that you all find peace and joy in the memories of her wonderful fulfilling life!
Randy, please be strong as you grieve for your beloved wife and son. We love you.
So very sorry to hear this news. I pray for God’s grace & mercy to help the family get through this difficult time!
Anita was a dearly loved friend, neighbor and quilter. Our world, neighborhood and quilting groups will be much dimmer without her beautiful shining light. She will be missed beyond measure.
I am so terribly sorry to hear of Anita's passing. She was always so nice to us when we were growing up. My heart goes out to the family.
My heart breaks for you Randy and your family. Anita was such a wonderful lady.
I will miss sweet Anita with all my heart. Randy, I grieve with you & the family. Anita was my friend, neighbor & fellow quilter. She took me to my first Old Town Quilt Guild meeting & we were in another quilt club together as well as Newcomers Canasta Club. Many people loved her & she will be greatly missed. Prayers for Randy & the family.
Fred and Anna Snyder
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Evan and Anita. The cycle of life can be a burden to bear for the living. We hope and pray that you find comfort in the many happy memories you have, Deana and her family, your extended family and friends. God be with you.
Anita was a very special human being. She was good to her core. My thoughts are with each of her family members during this difficult time.
I am so saddened to see this. Mrs Smythe always made me smile when I was at the Smythe residence in Medina to hang out with my friend Deana. I am praying for both Mr. Smythe and Deana. Such big losses back to back. Know that we are thinking of you and praying for you during this most difficult time.
Carolyn and Michael Walsh
Only a true friend can make our hearts this heavy with passing. We're so glad your pain has ended. You now have a well-deserved rest.
Randy, I'm so sorry to hear of Anita's passing. You and your family are in my prayers.
Mary Mason Mooney
I did not know Anita, but I do know Randy going all the way back to high school days. I think I spent as much time watching Lyndonville sports as Medina. This is what I would say to Anita. You must have been very special to have caught Randy's eye. We both went to Buffalo State and Brockport, so it's likely that you and I crossed paths and perhaps debated ideas. I was so sorry when your son died so young. I know you will be missed greatly. Your family has known great pain and loss this year. I am sending my condolences to the entire family. You were loved by so many people. So rest, my Friend. Rest.