Hope Noyes Smith
Hope Noyes Smith passed away peacefully in
her home on Pine Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI on Monday, March 23,
2020; she was ninety-four.
Hope was born in Swampscott, to Ruth Pike Noyes and
Harry Edwin Noyes on July 27, 1925.
She grew up in Newtonville, and spent her summers at her family home on
Marblehead Neck. She was a fierce sailing competitor in the Brutal Beast
Class on her Bounding Clam at the Pleon Yacht Club. She attended
Beaver Country Day School, and Dana Hall School, where she was an avid
equestrian. During World War II, Hope volunteered as a Red Cross Nurses
Hope moved to Stowe. VT where she met and married
the love of her life, Walter Addison Smith, Jr. Shortly thereafter, they
moved to “Sunswick” in Hamilton, where they raised five children and a
farm full of dogs, horses, donkeys, llamas, pigs, and buffalo. Mrs. Smith
was also an avid gardener of fresh flowers and vegetables.
For seventy-five years, Mrs. Smith raised champion
Dalmatians under the name of Tioga Coach Kennels. In 1993, Hope held the
top winning female Dalmatian in the history of the breed. Her prized
“K.C” won twenty All Breed Best In Show awards surpassing the previous
record of eight.
In 1983, Mr. & Mrs. Smith took up residency in Pine
Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands where they were involved with several business
and charitable endeavors benefiting the local Islanders and preserving the
natural beauty of these islands.
The Smiths loved to travel around the globe, but
they were most happy sailing on board their sloop, Elskov, along
the coast of Maine, to Nantucket and back to their home port of Marblehead
Harbor. Through their joint love of the ocean, both Hope and Walter were
honored to be involved with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for
many years. Mrs. Smith was a Life Trustee at the time of her death. The
WHOI research vessel, Tioga, will continue to make important
advances in ocean science thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Smith, as will the endowed
fund, The Walter A. and Hope Noyes Smith Chair.
Mrs. Smith was predeceased by her devoted husband,
Walter, her parents and her stepfather, M. Lawrence Shields as well as her
three brothers, Harry K, Pike and Bradley Noyes. She is survived by her
five children, Jessica Smith James of Pearland, TX, Charlie Smith (Cyrene)
of Crooked River Ranch, OR, William Smith (Kimberly) of North Reading,
Hope Amanda Smith of Ipswich, and Eliza Smith Cushman (Russell) of
Marblehead. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Nothing gave Hope more joy than hosting her eight
“Grands” at the farm or on Pine Cay for family vacations. She would load
them into a pony cart for a ride down Waldingfield Road or take them out
in the Beyond Hope for a snorkel on the reef. “Ahha” will be
remembered fondly by Caity James, Glenn & Leif Erik Smith, Alexandra & Ian
Smith and Cecily, Gibson and Hope Cushman.
Due to current conditions, a celebration of Mrs.
Smith’s wonderful life will take place when safe to do so at Christ Church
of Hamilton & Wenham. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be given to
Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham, 149 Asbury Street, South Hamilton, MA
01982, or to Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, 479 Lacey Street, North
Andover, MA 01945. Funeral arrangements will be provided by
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home in Ipswich.
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