Thelma R. N. Smithies, 89

Thelma R.N. Smithies, a resident of Norwalk since 1947, died in hospice at Norwalk Hospital on Aug. 28, 2013, with her surviving children at her side.

Ms. Smithies was born on Feb. 22, 1924 in New York City and was a daughter of the late Hugh J. and Dorothy Irene Glover Nisbet. Raised in England, she attended the Convent of St. Mary in Richmond. Shortly after World War II broke out she traveled to New York via the SS Swarthmore Victory where she met her future husband, then 3rd Officer Allan Cunninghame Smithies. She attended Gardner School in New York and after graduation, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York for two years.

Ms. Smithies was predeceased by her husband Allan, on July 18, 1980, shortly after his retirement from The United States lines after 50 years of service, and her youngest daughter, Victoria Elizabeth Smithies Ake, Aug. 27, 2008.

Survivors include her eldest daughter Leslie M.S. Sweet of Wilton; and her son David A. Smithies and his wife Deirdre of Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Ms. Smithies was an avid tennis player and horseback rider in her younger days, always loved the outdoors, birds, animals and especially dogs. In her later years, she became an avid vegetable and flower gardener, sharing her knowledge and experience with those who wanted to learn. She was a member of the St. Paul’s Church on the Green in Norwalk for 45 years where she was an active member of the Choir Guild, Garden Committee and for a few years a member of the vestry, Pledge Committee and Search Committee. She was also a member of The Women’s Board in Norwalk Hospital and dedicated Treasure House volunteer for 20 or more years.

A memorial service will be held Sept. 21, at 2, at St. Paul’s Church on the Green, 60 East Avenue, Norwalk. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Memorial Garden.

Norwalk’s Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit for more information and to send a condolence to the Smithies family.

There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Memorial Garden or St. Paul’s Music Program or an animal charity of one’s choice.