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Agnes Matilda Smyth

Agnes Matilda Smyth, 84, died September 1, 2010 in the Atrium Healthcare Center, Danvers.

Born in Cambridge January 1, 1926, daughter of the late Thomas and Hannah (Johnston) Smyth, she was a graduate of Cambridge Latin School Class of 1944 and spent her entire professional career working for COM/Gas (Cambridge Gas & Electric Company) retiring in 1992 after forty-five years of devoted service as a commercial clerk-cashier. Upon her retirement, many co-worker, customers, family members and friends told stories of Agnes’s unselfish and caring deeds which she performed without fanfare throughout the years.

Before moving to Brooksby Village in Peabody in 2006, Miss Smyth and her sister, Ellen Elizabeth were longtime residents of Village Lane Arlington, overlooking Spy Pond, where their brick Tudor-style home was always welcome to family, friends and anyone in need..

She was a loyal member of the Daughter of the British Empire, Arlington Historical Society, Scotch-Irish Society of the U.S.A., Friends of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Republican National Committee and a longtime member of both the Park Street Church, Boston, the Pleasant Street Congregational Church, Arlington and most recently the Brooksby Chapel, Brooksby Village, Peabody. Together with her sister Ellen she was a quiet philanthropist, establishing an endowment fund at Geneva College in Pennsylvania, making substantial donations to Gordon College in Hamilton and numerous Christian and other charities, especially British organizations, in particular those relating to her Northern Irish and Scottish heritage.

She is survived by her sister and constant companion Ellen E. Smyth with who she lived her entire life; cousins, David M. Smith of Warwick, NY, Nellie M. Smyth of Zelienople, PA, Margaret Pohl of Scotia, NY, Thomas Smith of NYand Barbara S. Bolster of Manchester, NH; cousins–in-law Mabel Smyth of Ipswich and Doris Smyth of Hudson, NH  and many other relatives including Nancy Spaulding of Tucson, AZ and Belfast, ME, Pamela S. Baker of Sandwich and particularly  Matthew Davies Smyth of Washington, DC and Cambridge, MD.

Her funeral service will be held Tuesday,  September 14 at 11:30 AM in the Story Chapel, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Friends of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02139 and, or,  the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 390647, Cambridge, MA 02139.

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