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Deborah S. Smith, 59, of Stowe Street, Waterbury, passed away unexpectedly at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on Thursday evening, April 26, 2012. Born in Phillipsburg, NJ, on April 23, 1953, she was the daughter of Richard J. and Gladys R. (Bragdon) Cron. On February 9, 1971, she married William C. Smith Sr. in Bangor, ME.
Debbie attended Harwood Union High School in Duxbury and then went to work for several years at Sprague Electric in Barre. She then embarked on a long career as an LNA, working first for the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center, later for Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice and most recently for the Kirby House in Waterbury.
In her leisure time, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, camping and drawing and was an avid reader. Debbie was a member of the Waterbury Center Community Church and was a former driver for the Waterbury Ambulance Service.
Debbie is survived by her husband of 41 years, William C. Smith Sr. of Waterbury; her father, Richard Cron of Morrisville; her mother, Gladys Serafine of Cranston, RI; her children, Stephen J. Smith and his wife Jaime of Moretown, William C. Smith Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Jay, and Bryan S. Smith and his companion Carrie Bradshaw of Hardwick; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson; a sister, Lorilee Begin and her husband Dwayne of Watertown, CT; a brother, John D. Cron and his wife Audrey of Morrisville; several foster children; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family; and her two feline companions, “Faith” and “Spirit.”
A celebration of Deborah Smith’s life will be held from the Waterbury Center Community Church on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church dining room. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 (www.cvhhh.org), or the Waterbury Ambulance Service, P. O. Box 95, Waterbury Center, VT 05677. To send online condolences visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury.