Laura M. Smith Pineo

May 26, 1913
- August 07, 2004

CUMBERLAND - Laura Pineo died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004 , at Ledgeview in Cumberland Foreside, her home for the past year. She was born in Canterbury , New Brunswick , on May 26, 1913 , the daughter of Hugh and Hilda Grant Smith. Laura graduated from the nursing program at Aroostook Hospital in 1934, and was employed there until volunteering to care for patients in Bangor during the polio epidemic of the mid-1930s. Because the cause of polio was unknown, "the nurses were quarantined, and we had to walk to the hospital through an underground tunnel," she often told her family. In 1937, she moved to Milo , where she met and married her husband, Paul Pineo. He always called her Smithy, as did all the children in town while he was always called Mr. Pineo. A brave, adventurous, stubborn and spirited woman, Smithy later became a fond nickname for grandchildren and great-grandchildren with these same qualities. While caring for her family of four children, she was an active volunteer in the Town of Passadumkeag , and began a lifelong commitment to fundraising for the March of Dimes. She was also the unofficial town nurse. After the death of her husband in 1958, she and her family moved to Ogunquit, and subsequently to Sanford , where she was a supervisor at the Goodall Hospital . In 1973, she opened the first assisted living facility in Sanford , and for the next 10 years cared for many interesting folks. She moved to Portland in 1989, where she lived for 14 years. She had a lifelong love of travel and the outdoors, said her son Steve Pineo. She had visited all 50 states, most of the national parks, and 22 foreign countries. She was a Trustee of Lee Academy in Lee, and of the Goodall Library in Sanford . She was an active and dedicated volunteer at the Portland Observatory and the Children's Museum, and for the Southern Maine Agency on Aging. Laura is survived by daughter, Barbara P. Hall and her husband, Wilbur, of Windham, Paul Pineo and his wife, Susan, of Rochester, N.Y., Stephen Pineo and his wife, Suzanne, of Chambersburg, Pa., David Margolis-Pineo and his wife, Elizabeth, of Portland, as well as her Korean daughter, Young Otenti and her husband, Ken, of Lebanon. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue , White Plains , NY 10605 , or to the Pineo Admissions Center at Lee Academy , 4 Winn Road , Lee , ME 04455 .


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