Marylyn Jean Johnson Smith, 83, of the Township of Busti, entered the final phase of her life’s journey, April 21, 2018. Marylyn was born March 26, 1935 in Warren, Pennsylvania, the second eldest daughter of the late John A. and Marcella Amelia (Wooster) Johnson.
Feisty, fun and fiercely independent, Marylyn was an accomplished woman. She was a graduate of Warren High School, Class of 1953 and a member of the first cohort of women to graduate in the Potential of Women program at Jamestown Community College earning an Associates Degree. She was the first President of the Kindergarten Mothers’ Club of Celoron Elementary School and went on to the presidency of the Celoron P.T.A. She was awarded a Lifetime Membership in the New York State P.T.A. in a ceremony held in conjunction with the Heritage Foundation, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Marylyn enjoyed canning, knitting, costume designing and quilting. She was once featured in the Post-Journal’s Saturday Magazine sharing her prize -winning canned sweet peppers recipe. Marylyn was also an award winning doll maker and soft sculpture artist. Her unique story character dolls and bisque doll creations were shown at many local art shows and in the Lakewood Memorial Library. Marylyn annually dressed more than thirty dolls distributed through the Salvation Army to needy children in the area.
A woman with high expectations for her family, Marylyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She is survived by four children: Bonnie Walsh (husband, Dan) of West Ellicott, Randal H. Smith (wife, Bonny), Jamestown, Jay Harrison Smith (wife, Mary), Charlotte, N.C., and Jacqueline K. Smith of Jamestown. Marylyn also wished to acknowledge Craig Cavanaugh of Houston, Texas and Lynn R. Johnson of Jamestown. Grandchildren include Sr. Airman, Patrick Walsh, Charleston, S.C., Catherine J. Walsh, Jamestown, Alison Smith, Arlington, Va., Riley Smith, Cleveland, Ohio, Amber Smith of Charlotte, N.C., Jay Harrison Smith, Jr., Charlotte, N.C., Guinevere Johnson, Buffalo, N.Y., and Ellery Johnson. Great- grandchildren are Aubree Smith and Brantley Rathbun also of Charlotte, N.C.
Marylyn is survived by siblings Lt. Col. Robert Duffy (retired), (wife, Pat) of Warren, Sandra Smith of Warren, Joseph Duffy, Warren, Kay Beckman (husband, Tink) of Bath, N.Y. , many nieces and nephews and special sister-in-law, Carol Smith of Jamestown.
In addition to her parents, Marylyn was pre-deceased by her husband, Harry Smith, Jr., October 6, 1986; a daughter, Pamela Louise Smith Johnson, a grand-daughter, Shannon Elisabeth Smith and siblings William Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson Mascaro, and Patricia Duffy.
Mrs. Smith has donated her body to the University of Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program. There will be no service, as per her request. Memorials may be made to the Busti Volunteer Fire Company, Mill Road, Jamestown, N.Y. 14701.