Mary H. “Baba” Smith, 90, of Fulton, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, November 11 with her husband and daughter by her side. A Fulton native, Baba was born January 29, 1927 to the late Wosil and Anastasia Hudyma. She was a graduate of Fulton High School and worked at Armstrong, Herron’s, and Nestle. She met her husband, Jim in 1946, they married after the war, and promptly got to work pouring and laying concrete blocks for the house that is still called home today. Baba loved bowling, dominoes, yelling out answers to Wheel of Fortune, running the wood splitter for Jim, and hosting an annual family Christmas Eve party. Also among her greatest joys was watching her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild grow up. She was one of their biggest fans, attending countless school plays, sporting events, and graduations. Baba was predeceased by her brothers, Carl and John Hudyma; sister, Anna Hudyma Malone; and daughter, Marsha Smith Orkis.
Baba is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 68 years, Jim; her daughter, Linda Smith O’Hara; her son-in-law, Bill (Carol) Orkis; grandchildren, Daniel (Lauren) O’Hara, Jennifer O. (Dan) Waistell, Kaylan O. (Matt) Normandeau, Mitchell (Sean) Orkis; great grandchild, Brody Smith Normandeau; and loving nieces, Gail Malone Leonard and Carla Malone Gardner.
Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 15 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 16 at The Church of the Holy Trinity, corner of Rochester and South Third Streets, Fulton. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.