Carol Anne Smith, 77, of West Yarmouth, formerly of Hyannis, died on October 28, 2018.
She was born in Newport, RI to the late George and Mary (Ackroyd) Smith. She was a graduate of Rogers High School, Cape Cod Community College, and Wheaton College.
She was a descendant of Irish laborers and clerical workers. She was also a descendant of one of Newport’s original families.
She lived for several years in Providence, the birthplace of her children, a city of which she was fond, before moving with her family to Hyannis.
Life on Cape Cod would suit her, and she spent much time at the beach at Kalmus Park. She travelled frequently to the Caribbean, especially Jamaica, where she once maintained a home.
She worked at Cape Cod Community College as an administrator. She later worked as a florist.
While studying under The Sisters of St. Joseph at Newport’s St. Catherine’s Academy, and tutored by her aunt Anne Ackroyd, she became committed to social justice.
She was an avid reader, appreciative of fiction, but dedicated mostly to historical works, particularly those about Rhode Island and Cape Cod. Among her other enthusiasms were gardening and photography.
She is survived by her children, Thomas Harkins and his wife Kathy of Derry, NH, Brian McAuliffe and his wife Libia of South Yarmouth, Neil McAuliffe and his wife Toni-Marie of Centerville and Carolanne McAuliffe and her wife Amy Scheer of Fort Lee, NJ, her grandchildren Thomas and Katrina Harkins and Linzy-Anne and Emma-Lee McAuliffe. She was predeceased by her brother Donald Smith.
Visiting hours will be on Friday, November 2 from 5 to 7 pm at the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Saturday, at St. Francis Xavier Church, 347 South St., Hyannis.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Rd. Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.