BREWER- Carole Anita (Strout) Smith, wife of Lewis L. Smith, Jr., went to be with her lord and savior on May 5, 2021. She was born in Charleston on March 18, 1934, the daughter of Harold M. and Hazel Crossman Strout.
She graduated from Higgins Classical Institute in 1952. Carole’s first job was working for Woodrow Cross taking care of his family and working in his store. She was later employed by King’s and Kresge’s Dept Store before working alongside her husband Lewis, operating Bob’s Hardware, which was named for their son.
Carole enjoyed homemaking in their Maine and Florida homes, and travels shared during retirement with her husband up and down the east coast. She also enjoyed socializing, knitting, jig saw puzzles, bingo, and cards with many friends and family. Carole was a devoted, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be greatly missed.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Lewis L. Smith, Jr; sisters, Charlotte & Mickey Simmons, Marilyn Scribner; nephew, Harold Simmons; brothers and sisters-in-law, Glennyse & Ernie Legeza, Berdena Strout, Irene & Orrin Wade, Shirley & Elden Clark, Donald Smith, Amaryl Smith, and Roger Whitehead.
Carole is survived by one son, Robert W. and friend, Jan Hill, of Bangor; two daughters, LuAnn & Bruce Tibbetts of Dover-Foxcroft, and Kim & David Roberts of Brewer, and devoted friend and forever daughter, Maria Thibodeau; grandchildren, Jessica & Gerald Kelly of Orrington, Bobbie Sue & Scott Dobberstein of Brandon, England, Stephanie Burby and friend, Matt Winslow of Belgrade, Matthew & Mandy Tibbetts of Dover-Foxcroft, Melissa & Phil Cadieux of Corinth, Molly & Chris Rogers of Gardiner, Kaleb & Ashely Roberts of San Antonio, TX, Kasie & Tom Kinney of Wells, ME; great grandchildren, Robert Batron, Sarah Burby, Parker Kelly, Noah Burby, Karson Tibbetts, Bryce Cadieux, Claire Cadieux, Andrew Rogers, Addison Rogers, and Phoenix Rose Roberts; brothers and sisters-in-law, Albert Smith, Norman Smith & friend, Myrna, Barbara Whitehead, Virginia & Gary Bryer, Sheldon & Rita Smith, and Nancy Smith; Special family friends, Roger & Trudy Bryce, and Diane, Don, and Corey Nason.
Relatives and friends are welcomed to call 4-6:00 pm Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor where funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, May 10, 2021 with Pastor Stan Griffin and Assistant Pastor Mark Arnold of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Exeter, officiating. Committal services will be held 2:00 pm Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor.
The family invites relatives and friends to share in conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor immediately following the service.