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Smyth, Elsa Marilyn

Elsa Marilyn Smyth, of Dedham, formerly of Ridgefield, CT died after a period of illness on March 1, 2021 at home, with family by her side. She was 83. She was born on February 4, 1938 in Boston, the daughter of Samuel G. Smyth and Elsa (Munroe) Smyth; and sister of the late Barbara H. Pinkham of Dedham. She grew up in Hyde Park and graduated from Hyde Park High School. Marilyn was retired from Xerox Corporation in Stamford, CT where she worked for 29 years as an executive administrative assistant. She began her career with John Hancock Life Insurance Company in Boston. Marilyn was an active member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield, CT. While a resident of Dedham she worshiped at Allin Congregational Church in Dedham. Outside of work she enjoyed numerous pursuits including gourmet cooking, professional-quality dressmaking, knitting, classical music, art and antique collecting, worldwide travel, and was an avid practitioner of yoga. She is survived by her nephews Richard Pinkham of Harrisville, Rhode Island; and Robert Pinkham, and his wife Margaret, of Needham; and Russell Pinkham of Dedham; and her niece Deborah Pinkham Brooks, and her husband David, of Brunswick, Maine; and eight grandnieces and grandnephews. Visiting hours on Sunday March 7th will be from 2-4 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High Street, WESTWOOD. In observance of COVID-19 restrictions, face coverings are required. Due to current restrictions, the funeral and interment are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marilyn’s memory to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877 or Allin Congregational Church, 683 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Janet & Thomas Himmelright
    March 4th, 2021 | 2:43 pm

    Please accept our condolences. Despite someone’s long life, we never can have enough time with those we love.

    We worshiped together with Marilyn at St. Stephen’s in Ridgefield. We especially enjoyed her friendship through our parish’s Small Supers. When it was her turn to host, she did so in our home. Although no extra thanks was needed, she thoughtfully thanked us with a set of coasters featuring a wildflower – a Lady Slipper – that we especially like. We continue to use them with joy and remembrance of Marilyn.

    May your memories of your aunt give you comfort as you both celebrate her life and grieve her passing.

    Janet and Tom Himmelright

  2. Shamim nanyonjo
    March 4th, 2021 | 4:03 pm

    My condolence for the loss of your beloved auntie, she was agood and strong person ,and being one of her care aid we had great time and moments,you will be missed dearly, my sincere appreciation to Russ thank you so much for loving and caring for her ,may the lord bless you and keep you strong.shamim

  3. Koray Germen
    March 6th, 2021 | 7:57 pm

    Please accept my condolence for loss of your aunt. I knew her via my friend, Russell Pinkham. I met this lovely old lady one time in a cafe in CT. A nice chat had happened. As there is a beginning and an ending for every living being in this world, death is the end for this world and everybody will taste it when time comes. Ms Marilyn will be in piece and in the hearts of her beloved relatives and friends. God bless her. RIP…

  4. Carol Samson
    March 7th, 2021 | 10:47 am

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Aunt. Marilyn was an important part of my life and taught me many things. I will miss her.

  5. Shanta Marshall Ballou
    April 7th, 2021 | 9:49 am

    By happenstance, I looked up my friend and yoga student today and found that she had just passed. I was her yoga teacher for five years at the Ridgefield Community Center, now known as the Loundsbury House, and first at St. Stephen’s church. I watched her transition from working to becoming retired. We became close and spent time gardening, having tea and chatting. She was helpful, smart, and full of wonder at the world. She had the bluest, truest eyes. She loved her yoga very much and was endeared to me. I last spoke to her after she had just moved to MA. I treasure the memory of my dear, supportive friend on the path.

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