Rita M. (Smith) Hartson

Rita Martha (Smith) Hartson died Tuesday July 2, 2019, at Elderwood of Uihlein Nursing Home.

She was born on May 5, 1921, to parents John Smith and Eva (Cotton) Smith of Lake Placid. Rita graduated from Lake Placid Central School in 1940.

On March 7, 1943, she married Richard Louis Hartson, then went on to work as a secretary at the GE factory in Schenectady during World War II.

Rita worked at Placid Memorial Hospital as a CNA and then in private-duty home care, followed by a career in the Keene Ambulance Squad as an EMT. She had great interest in family genealogy and spending time with her grandchildren. Rita and Richard were married for 67 years.

She is survived by her children: Michael Alan Hartson of Keene and wife Ann (Dunham) Hartson and their daughters Hilary (Andrew) Wall and Brooke Hartson; her daughter Margaret Mary (Hartson) Hickey of Keene and husband Robert and their daughters Alicia (Anthony) Boniface, Amy Hickey and Andrea Hickey; her son Lawrence Milton and wife Anne Griffin and their children Kendall (Hartson) LeMay, Skye Mancini and Colter Mancini; and two brothers, John Dustin Smith and Joseph Smith of Lake Placid; and six great-grandchildren: Reese LeMay, Laurel Wall, Bailey, Bradley and Brenna Boniface, and Janelle Hickey.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 67 years, Richard; oldest son James Richard Hartson; and sisters Rosemarie Smith, Theresa (Smith) Favro, Murial (Smith) Willis and Lera (Smith) Lincoln.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7 at M.B. Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid at 10 a.m. July 9. The Rev. Paul Kelly will officiate.

  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Keene Fire Department or the High Peaks Hospice (P.O. Box 940, Saranac Lake, NY 12983)

Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory, order flowers or leave condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.