Mariaville- Adele Milbank Smith, daughter of James Earl Milbank and Mildred Sexton Milbank, beloved wife of pre-deceased husband Gerald “Jerry” Smith, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, SC at the age of 84.
Adele was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School. She was a florist and later worked as a Head Bank Teller. She enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, camping, traveling, knitting, gardening, and reading. While wintering in Myrtle Beach, Adele took delight in walking the beach, playing cards, and socializing with her “winter family”. Adele learned to knit at an early age making afghans for our WWII military troops. Throughout her life she made and donated many knitted items, most recently shawls for people in nursing homes.
Adele volunteered as Homeroom Mother and chaperoned many school trips. Everyone was always welcomed into Adele and Jerry’s home with a home cooked meal, conversation, and laughs. She always decorated the home with fresh flower arrangements inside and beautiful park-like gardens outdoors. She volunteered at Proctors in the gift shop. She was always willing to help anyone in need. Adele was dearly loved and will truly be missed.
She is survived by her children, Karen Smith (Dave Stillwell), Sharon (Bill) Butterfield, Wayne Smith (Sue Burch); grandchildren, Amy (Tommy) Polito, Wendy (Kris) Spezza, Chase Burch, Dane Burch (Renee Stoller), and Derek Stillwell (Jessica); great-grandchildren, Logan Butterfield, Justina Spezza, Rose and Kim Burch, and Vincent Stillwell; her cousin, Floyd Milbank (Isabelle).
Calling hours will be held Thursday 5:00-7:00 at Demarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 10:30 at Zion Lutheran Church, 153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady.
Burial will follow at Vale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284, Zion Lutheran Church, or a charity of your choice.