Smith, 86, passed away Nov. 7 at her farm house in Rodman
where she had resided for the past 54 years.
Anna May was born in August 1926 at her parentsí home in
She graduated a year early from Red Hook Central School,
then received her Bachelor of Science degree from the New
York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University, and
then received her masterís degree in nutritional science
from the School of Nutrition at Cornell in 1948.
Anna May worked as a research associate in the field of
nutrition at Iowa State College for a year, followed by a
similar position at Michigan State University for three
She was employed by the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant
Research, Yonkers, N.Y., for three years before marrying her
husband, Lyman Smith, in the summer of 1956. They lived and
worked on their dairy farm on Freeman Creek Road, Rodman,
for two years before moving to their present farm on the
Whitford Road. They gradually entered into retirement as
they climbed into their eighties, leaving their son and
daughter to continue the operation.
Amongst other things, Anna May was known for her keen
interest in vegetable gardening, freezing, and
canning, as well as keeping up with current events, and for
enjoying her work with dairy animals. She especially enjoyed
visits with young children.
Anna May attended church as often as possible during her
later years, and had become committed to understanding and
practicing the teachings of Jesus to the best of her ability.
Her husband, Lyman, passed away in August 2011. Three
sisters, Mary Jane, Edith, and Alice, also died before her
Surviving are two sons, Erwin and Hugh; a daughter, Ethel;
two grandsons, James and Nathan.
Any memorial contributions may be made to Faith Fellowship
Church, Watertown, NY, or to Rodman Community Church,
are with Cleveland Funeral Home, Inc., Watertown.
Information provided by Cleveland Funeral Home and
Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.