Gloucester — Valirie Kain Smith passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on July 1, at her home in Raymond, N.H. Val, as she was known by most, was born in Gloucester in 1954, to Wilbur and Elizabeth Kain. She attended Gloucester High through 1972. She was the proud, loving mother of two daughters, Venessa (Paxson) Skinner, of Gloucester, and Brenda Paxson who now lives in Fort Lauderdale Fla. Val married her soulmate and best friend, Donald Smith, also of Gloucester in November of 1983. Her past few years were spent in Raymond caring full-time for her father and mother. The days Val spent on the boat with her husband, Saturdays spent with her daughter Venessa, and son-in-law, Shane Skinner and grandchildren, Shawn, Cameron, Samantha, and Shane Jr, visiting Brenda and her fiancée, Christopher Averill, in Florida, going to yard sales, and soaking in the sun at Plum Cove Beach were the times she cherished most. Val was a positive, outgoing woman, who deeply impacted the lives of all who were lucky enough to know her. Whether she just met a person, or they were an old friend, Val reveled in every conversation. She enjoyed reconnecting with friends and family on Facebook, where she posted a positive message every morning hoping that her positivity would reach as many people as possible.
She will forever be remembered as a truly amazing wife, unbelievable mother, caring daughter, second mom to many, and friend to all. Her compassion, joy and kind heart are second to only her infectious laugh and room-brightening smile. A spirit so bright to so many cannot be veiled by her passing. She was an angel on earth and now a genuine angel above.
ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of life service was held on July 5 at Plum Cove Beach. Her family will scatter her ashes in a private ceremony near Ten Pound Island as she had requested.