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Catherine Shambo Smith

May 13, 1922 September 1, 2018
Catherine Shambo Smith
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Obituary for Catherine Shambo Smith

Catherine Shambo Smith, age 96, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2018, in Elk Grove, California. She was born Catherine Lucy Shambo to Ada Harvey and George N. Shambo on May 13, 1922 in Middlebury, Vermont. After graduating from high school, she worked as a telephone operator and once overheard that actress Bette Davis was having dinner at the Middlebury Inn. Catherine dropped everything and ran feverishly across the town square just in time to obtain Ms. Davis’ autograph - one of her most treasured memories.

Catherine had one goal in life, to be a nurse like her mother, so moved to New York City to attend Bellevue Nursing School. She reached her dream of being an RN in 1946. Soon afterwards she met George H. Smith of Oswego, New York, and eventually was married on May 12, 1949. They lived on Long Island, New York, with their young twin boys, Ted and Bill and daughter, Cindy.

In 1957, they followed George’s dream of moving to San Francisco, California, after he had spent time there in the Air Force. George worked for the State of California and Catherine part time at St. Mary’s Hospital near Golden Gate Park, while raising their family. In 1964 they moved across the Bay to San Leandro where Catherine worked as Director of Nurses and George as Hospital Administrator of the Jacqueline Convalescent Hospital. In 1984, upon visiting their family in Elk Grove, California, they fell in love with the town and decided to stay.

Catherine was preceded in death by her husband George H. Smith, and sisters Hope Shambo, Theresa (Shambo) Steely, Doris Shambo and Dolores (Shambo) Lowre. Catherine is survived by her children, Ted Smith, Bill Smith and Cindy (Smith) Merritt and Rick Merritt, grandchildren, Jennifer (Merritt) Daniel and Chris Daniel, Paul Merritt and Kari (Krier) Merritt, great-grandchildren Kaitlin and Nicole Daniel, Hailey and Payton Merritt and many nieces and nephews.

Catherine was forever proud of her nursing profession. She was honored when Bellevue Hospital nurses helped celebrate her 95th birthday with her family and friends, sending cards, Bellevue memorabilia and knowing her picture had been added to the hospital’s nursing history wing. She loved to travel, read and work on jigsaw and crossword puzzles. Even though she loved California, Vermont was always “home”, as was evident with the Normal Rockwell pictures and Vermont coffee table books in her home. If it wasn’t Vermont Maple…it wasn’t syrup.

Catherine will be laid to rest in a private service at the East Lawn Memorial Park in Elk Grove, California.The family is grateful for rememberance donations that may be made to: The Bellevue Hospital Auxiliary through the following website or the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 326 College St, Middlebury, VT 05753.

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East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park Final Resting Place

9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA 95624

9189 E. Stockton Blvd Elk Grove 95624 CA
United States

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