Betty Meleda Smythe 1924 –2020 Betty Meleda Smythe, 96, of Danbury, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 27. She was the beloved wife of the late George H. Smythe. Born in Danbury on August 1, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Ella (Rynn) Meleda. She was married to her husband, George for 36 years before his passing in 1979. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Muriel Keeler and Shirley Klecha. Betty loved her family very much and was happiest spending as much time as she could with all of them. Whether cooking for them, singing with them, or crocheting an afghan for them, she made each one feel loved and special. As her children grew, she entered the workforce, initially as a secretary at Park Avenue School, then as a receptionist for Drs. Joy, Goldman, and Rubin and finally as Medicare Specialist at Associated Internists, retiring in 1994. Betty is survived by her three children, Deacon Bradford Smythe and his wife Marianne (Rubelsky) of Shelton, Kathy Donaldson and her husband Windram Donaldson IV of New Fairfield, and Susan OHora of Haverhill, MA; her nine grandchildren, Windram Donaldson V (Vicki), Zachariah OHora (Lydia), Lindsay Smythe, Zara OHora, Zelinda OHora Barnes (Lawrence), Megan Smythe Kupson (Craig), Kara Donaldson, Zephaniah OHora (Chelsea), Zared OHora (Emily); and eleven great-grandchildren, Michael, Ella, Lily, Windram VI, Zaide, Oscar, Teddy, Dmitri, Louisa Betty, Forest, and James. She also leaves behind her nephew, Mark Klecha. Betty sang with the Sweet Adelines and was a member of the Congregational Church of New Fairfield, serving on the Mission Board, the Fellowship Committee, and the Choir. Betty was a long-term resident of Hancock Hall. Our family would like to thank Jennifer Malone-Seixas and her caring and professional staff for taking such good care of her. A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at the Congregational Church of New Fairfield, 20 Gillotti Rd., New Fairfield. Interment will follow in Mountain View following the service To share memories or condolences please visit: www.jowdykanefuneralhome.com Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Congregational Church of New Fairfield or to Hancock Hall’s Recreation Department in Betty’s memory
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