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Carmen (Gauthier) Smith, 88, Dalton, died Sunday in VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center. She was the widow of Thomas Edward Smith, who died in 1989. The couple had been married 44 years.Born Sept. 23, 1926, in Tacoma, Wash., daughter of the late Armand and Eva (Trahan) Gauthier, she moved to Dalton in 1965 from Milwaukee. She was a graduate of Mary Cliff High School, Spokane, Wash. A retired nurse, she had been employed more than 26 years at the Clarks Summit State Hospital. Following her retirement, she devoted most of her time to caring for the sick and elderly, often without pay.Carmen was a faithful member of Our Lady of the Abingtons Catholic Church, where she was a dedicated volunteer, having served on the parish council and headed various committees.Her selfless, caring nature was shared with everyone. She was devoted to her family, church and friends and was a beautiful person who would always give of herself and brought happiness to others. Her smile and gentle kindness will be sadly missed.Surviving are three sons, Thomas and wife, Margaret, Dedham, Mass.; Dale and wife, Annette, Tunkhannock; and Armand (Guy), Factoryville; a brother, Armand (Guy) Gauthier, Spokane, Wash.; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son, Terry Smith; and two sisters, Jeanette Marie Gauthier and Rosalie Hoss.The funeral will be Wednesday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Abingtons, 700 W. Main St., Dalton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Thomas J. Petro, pastor. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. The family will receive relatives and friends Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit.Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Abingtons, 700 W. Main St., Dalton, PA 18414.
So sorry to hear about the passing of Carmen she was a lovely kind gentle person She was my best friend and I loved and cherished the friendship she had with my mother. We know she is smiling down on us in Heaven with God as one of his angels. God Bless her! Love, Carol and Frank Gramigna
Carol and Frank Gramigna Dec 2 2014 12:00 AM
Carmen was one of the kindest, gentlest women I have ever met. She always wore a peaceful smile on her face and was always willing to help or pray for someone. She will be missed. Our condolences to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Michael and Barbara Williamson Dec 2 2014 12:00 AM
So sorry to here Carmen has left us, she was the most wonderful woman I ever met. Sarah and I had fished with her, shes been to my home several times and cared so much for my grand daughter Kaylyn. The love she had for people and how they were was remarkable you just wanted to pitch in and help her do anything. She will be missed. Rest in Gods arms Carmen we love you
Carol Henson Dec 2 2014 12:00 AM
Dorothy and I offer our heart-felt condolences to Carmen's sons Tom, Dale and Guy and their families, as well as her brother Armand Gauthier. She was a special aunt to us, supporting all that we did with love, kindness and prayersa�"and oh yes, ice cream money on birthdays. Carmen and my mom Rosalie enjoyed a life-long mutually sustaining relationship, and she always considered me "a little piece of Rosalie". We will miss her greatly.
Wayne and Dorothy Hoss Dec 1 2014 12:00 AM