YARMOUTH — Pauline Louise Cameron Smith, 87, of Yarmouth, passed away at the Maine Medical Center on July 21.
She was born on Jan. 14, 1925 in Southport. She was the youngest daughter of Dorothea (Streeter) and Lt. Niles Cameron. Smith attended local schools in Southport and Boothbay until her family moved to Brunswick in 1936. She graduated from Brunswick High School, class of 1943.
During World Wae II Smith relocated with her family to Portsmouth, N.H. While in Portsmouth she and her sister Ellen worked as telephone operators for New England Telephone. After the war, Smith and her family moved to Yarmouth. She then attended Northeastern Business School in Portland. She met and married Frederick B. Smith of Portland and together they had two daughters, Margaret and Patricia.
Smith had a broad range of interests and a lifelong love of education, formally and informally. She studied cosmetology and became a hairdresser working in the Boothbay area. She also worked as an office assistant with Campfire Girls but most of all, her greatest joy was being a homemaker and devoted mother for her two girls.
Smith enjoyed reading newspapers, flower gardening, genealogy, especially the Scottish ancestry of the Cameron clan. She loved all animals and there were always many in her life. Her childhood was filled with many fond memories of growing up in a Coast Guard family and being surrounded by her extended family that lived in the Boothbay area. Smith spent summers on Burnt Island living at the Coast Guard station with her family.
She will be remembered as a very unselfish, caring woman with a great sense of humor that showed itself in a well turned phrase. Her spirit of generosity was evident in her sensitivity and placing others before herself and was only outdone by her great appreciation and admiration of the beauty of all of nature surrounding her. Smith lived her life with vitality, happiness and in a world of wonder.
Smith is survived by her two daughters: Margaret Smith and her partner, Wayne Ross, of Cumberland and Patricia Smith, of North Yarmouth; and several nieces, nephews and grandnephews.
She was predeceased by her husband; her brother, Raymond Cameron; and her sister, Ellen Berry.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. at Blanchard Cemetery, 215 Winn Road in Falmouth with the Rev. Diane Bennecamper officiating. A celebration of her life at her home in Yarmouth will immediately follow.
Pauline Louise Cameron Smith