Ann Marie Smith of Orchard Park, a supervisor at Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services, Family Addictions Outpatient Services in downtown Buffalo, died unexpectedly Tuesday in Mercy Hospital. She was 54.
Born in Buffalo, she lived most of her life in Bethlehem Park. She graduated from Lackawanna High School, received her B.A. from the University at Buffalo and an MBA from Medaille College.
From the time she was a teenager, she struggled with rheumatoid arthritis, but according to her family maintained a positive outlook.
A member of the Turtle Clan within the Mohawk Nation, Miss Smith was deeply spiritual and was devoted to maintaining the family's culture.
She was a board member of the Niagara Chapter of Native Women and co-founder of the Native American Council of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, of which she was president for eight years. Miss Smith was also a board member of the New York Federation of Addiction Counselors.
She enjoyed reading, listening to music and traveling, particularly to Native American gatherings.
Survivors include three sisters, Dorothea Gechell of Lackawanna, Elaine Livsey of Lake Placid, Fla., and Marcella Ivey of Lackawanna; and three brothers, Hugh Smith of Angola, Kenneth Smith of Buffalo and Leland Jones of Lackawanna.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. today in Lombardo Funeral Home, 3060 Abbott Road. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, North Tonawanda.