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Elizabeth Smith, 52, of Rye, beloved mother, sister, daughter, family member, and friend, died peacefully on June 10, 2017 at Greenwich Hospital surrounded by family, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Elizabeth Bishop Smith on February 8, 1965 in Boston, she was the daughter of Robert M. Smith and Ellen (Prouty) Smith. After spending her childhood years in Cohasset, Mass., she and her family moved to the Philadelphia area, where she graduated from Episcopal Academy. In 1988, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in Hartford.

For a number of years, she worked at Miller, Anderson & Sherrard, an investment management firm in West Conshohocken, Pa., where she earned the professional designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

She married and raised her family in Brooklyn and Rye, where she was an active member of the community, cultivating meaningful and lasting friendships with many.

An avid traveler, Ms. Smith enjoyed exploring foreign and even exotic locales and cultures around the world. Besides being the chief instigator of several women’s poker groups, she served on board of trustees of the Rye Historical Society and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Mayflower Descendants.

The accomplishment in which she took the greatest pride and satisfaction was her four children: Robert (Rob) Hash, a resident of Steamboat Springs, CO; William (Will) Hash, a student at Tulane University; George Hash, who recently graduated from Brunswick School in Greenwich, and will attend Virginia Tech in the fall; and Aubrey Hash, a student at Sacred Heart in Greenwich.

In addition to her four children, she leaves her father, Robert Smith and his wife Mary, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; her mother, Ellen Cotts and her husband Ron Cotts of Boulder; her sisters, Cathy Smith of Auburn, N.H., Allison Smith of East Granby, Conn., and Melissa Smith of Washington, D.C., as well as two nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased by her sister, Debbie Smith.

Funeral services and burial were private. A public memorial service will be held locally at a future date, time, and place to be announced.

Donations in Betsy Smith’s memory may be directed to Doctors Without Borders.


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