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Sunday August 12th, 2012
2:00pm

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Margery S. Garry

East Berne,NY -Dr. Margery W. Smith Margery S. Garry,86 died on August 8,2012 at the Chase Memorial Nursing Home, New Berlin, NY. She was born on Jan. 23,1926 the daughter of Franklyn and Margery Weyrauch Smith in Port Washington, NY.She was predeceased by her husband of over 50 years Harry Garry, her son David Michael Garry and her sister Mary Jane Smith. She is the beloved mother of Charles J. Garry (Anina Lacour,DVM),Franklyn B. Garry,DVM (Ragan Adams,DVM), Johanna M. Halsey,MM,MA,(Mark,Phd) and the Hon. Elizabeth A. Garry (Betsy Cahill). She is the loving grandmother of Justin and Trevor Halsey, Sam Garry, Bonnie and Jacob von Mechow and Nathaniel Garry. Dr. Smith graduated from Syracuse University College of Medicine in 1950. She met her beloved husband Harry while completing her medical residency in Albany. She then moved to the dairy farm in the Helderbergs where she served the medical needs of her community while raising her family. Dr. Smith over her distinguished 50 year career participated in numerous professional and community organizations, including serving as President of the NYS Academy of Family Physicians in 1984 and the American Medical Society of the County of Albany in 1980-1982. In 1979 she was a runner up for Good Housekeeping Family Doctor of the Year. Calling hours will be from 4-7pm on Sat. Aug.11,2012 at the Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont, NY . A memorial service will be held at the Helderberg Evangelical Church, Berne NY on Sun. Aug. 12, 2012 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to : Foundation for Upstate,750 East Adams St. ,CAB 326 , Syracuse, NY 13210, to be used toward the scholarship fund which she established for an aspiring family doctor.


Guestbook

First of all, my deepest condolences not only to the closest of blood family of Dr. Smith, but to her wider family in the Hilltown of East Berne & the great 'family' of family physicians whom she raised. My first memory of Dr. Smith was when my mother became disenchanted with 'big city medicine/doctors/hospitals' when they diagnosed me with a back spraign from 'doing gymnastics' at 10 years old. I then had a continuing 'cold.' One quick visit and listen to the lungs & Dr. Smith by her hands on holistic approach to medicine realized immediately that I had caught pneumonia. I was kind of mad at her at the time, as mom made me wear sweatshirts in August to protect myself from the elements, but I have come to appreciate the practical ways of her healing. She was a practical, grounded physician, mother, wife, and woman who was a groundbreaker well shining in her time. I will always call her 'Dr. Smith' and never by her first name because while I had walked the farm with her and known of her family, she carried herself always with the dignity and grace of a professional and earned every bit of her title with her hard work in the Hilltown communities every day, as well as the 'big city' in the afternoon visits to her patients in the nursing home. From cradle to grave she took care of her patients and any new one who came through the door of her home office. I returned from living afar in NYC, South America, Mexico, and Europe to see my family doctor as she was one of the few who was still practicing with common sense and not only drug driven therapies. She stayed on the cutting edge of what was taught, but never let that interfere with her common sense and incomparable diagnostic capability. I live in Florida, so I didn't learn of her passing until today, but sent her Christmas cards every year. She was quintessential in helping me understand and navigate the medical system when I developed a severe chronic illness and encouraged my fight and tenacity always. We had that in common. She was always like a grandmother to me. She will be dearly missed. My condolences. Sincerely, Kimberly Wilcox

Kimberly Wilcox Oct 17 2012 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the GARRY family.

Jeanette & Alan Saddlemire Aug 25 2012 12:00 AM

I met Marg inthe the mid 1980s thru her work w NY state accadamy of Family Practice and the Albany chapter. We connected bonded some thru that and since our practice territories were so close. My father (Roger) and I in Delmar and Marg in the Hill Towns. She was always very pleasant and helpful. A great resource and help to innumerable medical students, family practice residents and her fellow physicians. We will all rememher fondly and miss she and Harry especially at the Academy meetings.

philip drew MD Aug 17 2012 12:00 AM

I met Marg inthe the mid 1980s thru her work w NY state accadamy of Family Practice and the Albany chapter. We connected bonded some thru that and since our practice territories were so close. My father (Roger) and I in Delmar and Marg in the Hill Towns. She was always very pleasant and helpful. A great resource and help to innumerable medical students, family practice residents and her fellow physicians. We will all rememher fondly and miss she and Harry especially at the Academy meetings.

philip drew MD Aug 17 2012 12:00 AM

What a marvelous light in the world, such a warm, big-hearted doctor and quite a story teller! I wish her family peace.

Sue Woerner Aug 15 2012 12:00 AM

Dear Beth and family, what an amazing life your mom led. How blessed you were to have her, and she to have you. It is no surprise to me that your mother was a remarkable woman, she raised a remarkable daughter. My prayers are with you at this sad time. I know she is hearing those words that we all hope for from our maker: "well done my good and faithful servant"

Hon. Mary Anne Lehmann Aug 14 2012 12:00 AM

Over the years that I have been Friends With the Garry family I have fortunate to to know the man and woman who are the rock of the foundation of who I feel is one of the best families ever. Harry and the Doc I never called your Mom by anything else.What a great Lady.I have walked with your dad through the woods and learned things about the land that he only told a few people.When he left I missed him very much.Your Mom and I also walked through the land on occasion talking about how beautiful the property was.The last time I had that pleasure She said to me This will most likely be the last time I will be walking here as she held on to my arm.I told her that I was very happy that her and Harry let me be there and I would never for get them and would always take care of the land for them and their family.She patted my hand and smiled and said I know.I will miss her but knowing that she is with my friend Harry I'm also very happy.I love them Both and will never forget the times with them and will never forget the times I have with their family.Doc tell Harry Richie says Hi And will some day be walking with them again.

Richie Bushnell Aug 12 2012 12:00 AM

Marg adopted me and my best friend at Syracuse, as fresheman medical sbudents. She ate with us and showed us the ropes. Later we both stuggled together at the New York State Academy of Family Physicans, both as members and later as Presidents. She was a great gal and colleague. Norm and Jinny Loomis

Norman R. Loomis, MD Aug 11 2012 12:00 AM

Marg adopted me and my best friend at Syracuse, as fresheman medical sbudents. She ate with us and showed us the ropes. Later we both stuggled together at the New York State Academy of Family Physicans, both as members and later as Presidents. She was a great gal and colleague. Norm and Jinny Loomis

Norman R. Loomis, MD Aug 11 2012 12:00 AM

I remember her clear eyes, proud smile and unfailing support of her daughter, my dear friend Beth. I know she is deeply loved by her family and can't even imagine the weight of your loss. I know that the hereafter is now a much brighter place. My heart goes out to family and friends.

Laura Carey Aug 11 2012 12:00 AM

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