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Jessie M. Smithers

January 31, 2017

Jessie M. Smithers, 86, of Watertown, passed away Tuesday morning, January 31, 2017, at the home of her niece, Marlene Kirch, on Pillar Point.

A celebration of her life and burial in North Watertown Cemetery will be at the convenience of her family. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Jessie was born in Heuvelton on January 3, 1931, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (McManus) Macaulay and she graduated from Heuvelton High School. A marriage to William S. Smithers ended in divorce.

She was a manager in the domestics department at Fay's for many years. She then worked at Jefferson Rehabilitation Center as a Direct Support Professional until her retirement. She enjoyed sewing, thrifty shopping, cooking, and anything with butterflies. She was very family orientated and spending time and caring for her family was her greatest enjoyment.

Jessie is survived by her three sons, William S., Macomb, Peter M. and Shainey House, Dexter, and Jody M. and Tammy Smithers, Watertown; six grandchildren, Lorien, Erik, Matthew, Melissa, Chelsey, and Hannah and five great grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Gates, Hailsboro and Annabette Brown and husband, Leland, Rochester; brother-in-law, Philip Parish, FL and sister-in-law, Dorothy Macaulay, FL; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her son, John M., two brothers, Edward (and wife, Helen) and George Macaulay; two sisters, Aleta Parish and Ellen (and husband, Manuel) Busto; and brother-in-law, Clifford Gates.

Donations in her name may be made to either Aids Council 927 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207 or Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901. Online condolences in Jessie's name may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#4 Morris Parish 2017-02-17 18:13
Aunt Jess is my Mom's Aunt, my Nana's Sister, so she is my Great Aunt. She used to sign all my birthday and Christmas cards "Love, Great Aunt Jess." When I was a kid, I asked my Mom why Aunt Jess thought she was so great. My Mom explained it to me. Aunt Jess underestimated herself, she was much more than a GREAT Aunt, she was the best. RIP, Great Aunt Jess. you are already missed dearly. Give Nana, Poppy, Aunt Pat, my Grandson Landin, and all our other loved ones a HUGE hug for me. Love you.
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#3 Kelly Grey 2017-02-03 13:36
I'm very sorry about you mom, Jody.

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#2 Lee Ann LaVanchard 2017-02-01 20:38
Our sincere condolences to the Smithers family. Her sons Peter and Jody are friends. I spent time with Jessie, we enjoyed talking and drinking tea. She was such a nice caring person who loved her family. My thoughts are with the family. RIP Jessie.
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#1 Howard Ganter 2017-02-01 16:37
My condolences to the family of Jessie. She was a great woman who worked for JRC for many years. She was such a caring and compassionate woman who provided great support for the people in our residential program. She will always be in our hearts.
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