Susan Smith's Story

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Susan, a resident of Bridgewater, N.H., and former 40-year resident of Andover, Mass., passed away on November 8, 2017, after a recent cancer diagnosis. Her loving family was with her at her passing. Susan was born in Winchester, Mass., on January 13, 1943, the daughter of Wilmer E. and Phyllis H. Smith. Susan grew up and attended schools in Wakefield, Mass., where she lived with her parents and her two siblings until her marriage to William K. Weidman, Jr. (known by all as Ken). In 1964 Susan and Ken moved to Andover, Mass., where they resided until they built their retirement home in Bridgewater, N.H., near her beloved Newfound Lake.
Susan is survived by her husband, Ken of 54 years; daughter, Pamela B. Plankey and her husband, David of Alexandria, N.H.; son, William K. Weidman, III (Bill) and his wife, Catherine C. Davis, MD (Katie) of Boxborough, Mass.; and grandchildren, Alexandra Suzanne Plankey (Ali) of Portsmouth, N.H., Alaina Evelyn Plankey of Alexandria, N.H., William K. Weidman, IV (Will), Summer Lily Weidman, Grant Phillips Weidman, and Julia Laurel Weidman of Boxborough, Mass.; brother, Peter H. Smith and his wife, Mildred of Littleton, N.H.; and sister, Pamela S. Drypolcher and her husband, Gerard of Concord, N.H.; niece, Phyllis Walline of Broadlands, Va.; and nephews, Braden Drypolcher of Newton, Mass., Cory Smith of Anchorage, Alaska, and Teegan Smith of San Diego, Calif. Also surviving Susan are her oldest and dearest childhood friends, Lillian Emerson Shulman of Jacksonville, Fla., Joan Nelson Low of Glouchester, Mass., and Barbara Holt Richards of Woolwich, Maine.
While residing in Andover, Susan was a long-term volunteer at the Andover-North Andover YMCA teaching swimming and synchronized swimming. Her life was a devotion to her environment, her children, grandchildren, siblings and extended family. Susan loved quilting with her three quilting buddies, reading many books with her book club, gardening, hiking in the Whites, riding her road bike and participating in Century charity rides, kayaking on Newfound and exploring the Newfound Watershed with her Keep Tracking group.
She will be missed tremendously by family and friends.
Susan’s family will appreciate any donation made in lieu of flowers to the charity of your choice, Newfound Area Nursing Association Hospice 214 Lake St., Bristol, NH, 03222; The Humane Society of the United States Dept: Memorial Donations, 1255 23rd St, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037; or Keeping Track, Inc., P.O. Box 115, Richmond, VT 05477.
Visiting hours were held at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main St., Bristol, N.H., from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017. A Memorial Service will held at a later date.
Published on  November 10, 2017
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