Monday, May 17, 2021

Milliron Monday: Remembering Jody 5 17 2021


Jody, her mother, and brother
Photo courtesy the Smith family archives.

Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography
 (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. 

It is with great sadness to report that Dr. Smith's widow, Jody, passed away in the early morning of Mother's Day, May 9, 2021. We talked on the phone the Thursday before and she sounded good and excited to get together soon, but only after she felt better. Usually a long conversation, we talked briefly. A good friend and mentor, she will be missed. 

Thoughts return to Anne Bronte's poem...

Yet, though I cannot see thee more,
'Tis still a comfort to have seen;
And though thy transient life is o'er,
'Tis sweet to think that thou hast been;

To think a soul so near divine,
Within a form, so angel fair,
United to a heart like thine,
Has gladdend once our humble sphere.

Athens, Ohio: Virginia Joyann Smith, 83, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother left this earth to be with her husband, Abbott Pliny Smith III DVM and her beloved animals on May 9, 2021, at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. A celebration of her life will be held on September 4, 2022, at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Athens, Ohio. Donations in memory of Jody Smith can be sent to NAMI, 100 Hospital Drive, Athens, Ohio 45701 or through PayPal website: Virginia Joyann (Jody) Smith

Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.


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