Elaine Grace Smith, 74, passed away peacefully Saturday (Feb. 9, 2013) at Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, with her husband at her side.
Mrs. Smith was born on Dec. 6, 1938 in Wellsville to Bernard C. and Marguerite G. (Brandes) Fanton. She was a 1946 graduate of Wellsville Central School and later the St. James School of Nursing. In July of 1969, in their future home in Andover, she married Michael J. Smith, who survives.
Elaine worked as a nurse in the operating room of Jones Memorial Hospital for 30 years, until her retirement in 1999.
In addition to her husband of 43 years, Elaine is survived by three sons, Roy Hackett of York’s Corners, Randy Hackett of Andover and Rick Hackett of Canaseraga; two brothers, Donald Fanton and Darrell Fanton; 6 grandchildren, Skyla O’Quinn, Randy (Jackie) Hackett, Jr., Danielle Hackett, Daniel (Stacie) Hackett, Emily Hackett and Autumn Hackett; 10 great grandchildren, Raina O’Quinn, Trinity O’Quinn, Tyler Hackett, Isabella O’Quinn, Maci Hackett, Lennox Hackett, Xavier Baroody, Brayden Ballengee, Luna Hackett and Gunner Hodge.
She was predeceased by a great granddaughter Kambrian Phillips.
Elaine was an avid antique collector. She enjoyed spending time in her flower and vegetable gardens. She liked to read. She and her husband owned ME Thoroughbred Farms where they together bred, raised and sold racing horses, show horses, riding horses and pleasure horses. As passionate as she was about horses, she lovingly devoted her time to her husband, children and grandchildren.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Phillip Barner of the Andover Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover.
Memorial contributions in Elaine’s name may be made to Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or Andover Rescue Squad, PO Box 726, Andover, NY 14806.