Martha Conti Smith

Martha Conti Smith, age 84, of Chehalis, WA, passed away peacefully at the Franciscan Hospice House in University Place, WA, after

a brief but ever so valiant battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born July 28, 1928 in Fredonia, NY, the daughter of the late Ross

and Louise (LeDuca) Conti. She was one of eight Conti children and grew up on the family farm in Laona. Martha was an excellent

athlete. She played softball, among many other sports. She could keep up in any race with the boys. As a bowler, she had many

games in the 200s and was also a proud member of The Laona Lassies. She was an avid lifelong golfer who never took a cart unless absolutely forced! In her mid-20s, she left Fredonia to take a job in Yosemite National Park, California. A place which would hold a special place in her heart forever. It was there she met her husband, Jack. After they were married, they moved back to upstate NY to be closer to her family as well as to start one of their own. In 1977, Martha and Jack moved from the home they loved in Syracuse (Camillus), NY to Jack’s home state of Washington. They made their home in Chehalis, WA. She lived the remainder of her life there where she continued to enjoy the loves of her life: Family, Work and Being Outdoors. She so loved her four grandchildren, was an extremely involved Nana in

their lives and the adoration was mutual. Regardless of how far away Martha lived, she always considered Fredonia as being her home. Toward the end of her life as her Alzheimer’s would rob her of the strength and vitality that marked her life, it never took from her the lifelong and fierce love, pride and joy she had for her Conti Family. She is survived by her children, Peter Ross Smith of Olympia, WA, and Louisa Antonette Dykeman and her husband Robert of Napavine, WA; her sister, Annette (Vincent) DeCosta of Fredonia, NY; and her

brothers, Ross (Elaine) Conti Jr. and Sam (Patricia), both of Fredonia, NY. She is further survived by her sisters-in-law, Hazel

Conti and Marian Conti, both of Fredonia, NY. Martha was the proud Nana of Tyler Ross Smith and Brianna Lynn Newkirk, Shayla Louise

Dykeman and Taylor Marie Dykeman and was the very proud Great-Nana of Caleb Russell Newkirk. She was preceded in

death by her husband, Jack Andrew Smith; her brothers, Dr. Louis Conti and John Conti; her sister and brother-in-law, Nina and

Carl Cash; her sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Angelo Bova; and her sister-in-law, Gerry Conti. Memorials may be made

to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 123 SW 6th St., Chehalis, WA 98532 or Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466.