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Grace (Nutt) Smith

SHARON — Grace (Nutt) Smith passed away unexpectedly on March 4, 2019, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, surrounded by family and friends. 

She was born on May 27, 1942, to the late Jean (Taylor) and Vincent A. Nutt in Burlington, Vt. It was in the halls of Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village that she met Ray Smith in 1958, whom she would marry after graduating from Albertus Magnus College in 1964. Grace and Ray would have celebrated 55 wonderful years of marriage this September. 

Prior to her retirement, Grace worked as an insurance account executive for both Aero Insurance and Nation Air.

Grace brought warmth, joy and kindness to everything she touched. Her hands loved to be busy: from turning the pages of the many books she loved, to the needles of her knitting and crochet projects worked in the car on day-trips with her husband, to creating and nurturing her beautiful garden, to the ingredients measured in never-ending batches of cookies and hot fudge and organizing music for her beloved Silver Linings Chorus. 

She had a lifelong passion for music and musicals, always filling her kitchen with Broadway show tunes. 

She loved trips to the beach to collect beach glass and to dip her toes in the cold New England ocean. Every summer you could find her happily floating in her backyard pool and celebrating the annual Smith Family Reunion with her children and grandchildren. 

She was an active and dedicated woman. She enjoyed being a member of her Parish of the Resurrection Prayer Shawl group, a Council Member of the Nashua Senior Center, treasurer to the Silver Lining Choir and dedicated member of her book group, both through the Nashua Senior Center. Above all, she cherished spending time with her family. 

Grace is survived by her loving husband, Ray Smith; her five children, to whom she was a devoted mother, and her sons-in-law, for whom she cared deeply, Jennifer Smith Stover and her husband, John Stover, of Amherst, N.H., Matthew Taylor Smith of Merrimack, N.H., Amy Clare Smith of North Yarmouth, Maine, Sarah Smith Choquette and her husband, Gene Choquette, of Cypress, Texas, and Jessica Smith Estrella and her husband, Manny Estrella, of Martha’s Vineyard. She was Gratze to her grandchildren, Grace, Kate, Thomas and Lucy Stover, Kaylee and Cassidy Smith, Hannah and Sophie St. Jean, Christopher and Jillian Choquette and Alley and Morgan Estrella. 

A memorial service was celebrated at the Parish of the Resurrection in Nashua on March 15.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Boys Town, 200 Flanagan Blvd., P.O. Box 8000, Boys Town NE 68010. 

The Davis Funeral Home has an online guestbook available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com.