Marlene Altha Smith


Town of Glen – Marlene Altha Smith, 85, passed away at home in the Town of Glen, NY on Thursday, May 5, 2022 with her loving family by her side. Marlene was born to the late Paul and Freda (Montanye) Bowdish in Charleston, NY on January 26, 1937.
Marlene graduated from Fonda-Fultonville Central School. On October 15, 1955 she was united in marriage to Leon Smith of Johnstown, NY. As a young mother of two children, Marlene was stricken with Polio, but she never once let it stop her or saw herself as having a disability. She enjoyed flying, with her husband as the pilot, camping with her family, square dancing double dates with her sister, Sylvia and her husband, and taking trips to Disney World. Marlene was a very active member in the Glen Reformed Church, who often went by the nickname “Ma” to those she loved. She was a member of the GRC Ladies Group, helped with youth group, and assisted in organizing a myriad of fundraisers for the Church. Outside of the Church, Ma served as a 4-H baking leader, a past President of the Glen Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and she babysat most of the children in the town of Glen throughout the 1980’s and 90’s. She also organized trips to Washington D.C. through the E.A.A. for two decades. She loved the Fonda Fair, tractor pulls, and hosting family reunions. Ma also loved being a farm wife, and taking care of her home and family. Ma leaves behind her loving husband of 66 years, Leon; her children, Carolyn (John) Hart of Glen, and Charles Smith of Middleburgh; her siblings, Sylvia (Merrill) Wojick of Esperance, Floyd (Dorothy) Bowdish of Schenectady, George (Debbie) Bowdish of Schenectady, and John (Vicky) Bowdish of Esperance; her beloved grandchildren, Michael, Jayme, Sonja, Warren, and Jonathan; and her eight great grandchildren. Ma was predeceased by her loving parents and her sisters, Sandy (Frank) Quill, and Nancy (Larry) Keyfauver.
Ma’s family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to her heavenly helpers, Tina Taylor and Jen Wilmont. Friends and family are invited, and may call on Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m. at the Glen Reformed Church, 1562 NY-161, Fultonville. A Service of Remembrance will follow at 2pm, with Pastor Tom Flander officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ma’s memory to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 1359 Broadway Suite 1509 New York NY 10018 or to The Glen Reformed Church, P.O. Box 227 Fultonville, NY 12072. Please visit Marlene’s guestbook online at


By LH Staff

Leave a Reply