Diana Lee Smith Shumway of Branford, passed away Tuesday February 20, 2018 at Yale-New Haven Hospital from heart disease. She was the beloved wife of the late Nelson Shumway. Diana was originally from Saranac Lake, NY, she lived in Branford for the past 53 years.
Diana is survived by her sisters, Margaret Hart of Utica, NY, and Beverly Groth of Hilton, NY, and her brother, Joseph Smith of Watertown, NY. She was predeceased by her parents Oliver and Mary Fletcher Smith as well as her sisters, Pat Howe, Dorothy Neagele, Joan Neese, Shirley LaMas, and brothers, Oliver Smith and John “Jack” Smith. She will also be greatly missed by her 27 nieces and nephews, 57 grand nieces and nephews, and 42 grand-grand nieces and nephews.
Diana’s family meant the world to her. She was always the one to plan family reunions in Saranac Lake and kept in regular contact with most of her nieces and nephews. She was truly the glue that kept the Smith clan together.
Diana worked as a personal care giver for many years. Caring for others was truly her calling in life. If anyone needed a helping hand, Diana was always there to extend hers with love and compassion.
Diana loved to travel, never wanted to miss a good time, and loved to have fun with her dear friends, especially Elizabeth Ann, Betty, Marie, Holly Lu, Joan Armstrong, and until their recent passing, Lois and Dot. She will also be missed by her dear friend and neighbor Bohdonna. Diana was very active for many years at St. Elizabeth Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and on the Altar Guild. She was a member of the Short Beach Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Relatives and friends may call Sunday March 4th from 4:00 -7:00 PM at the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford, and are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Monday March 5th at 11:00 in Our Lady of Pompeii Church, St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Foxon Road, East Haven. A memorial service and her burial will take place later in Saranac Lake, NY.
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