Mary Spears Canfield

Born: Thu., Jun. 10, 1926
Died: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

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Mary Spears Canfield of North Branford, formally of Madison passed from natural causes at Evergreen Woods Health Center on February 1, 2019.  Beloved mother of two devoted daughters, Nancy Smith Shook and Margaret MacKay Smith.  She is predeceased by her loving son, Robert Lee Smith and her husbands Robert Lee Smith and George K. Canfield.  She is survived by her daughters, son in law, Gregory Shook, grandchildren Rachel Lee Shook, Ryan William Shook (Chris Petersen),  Julia Shook Munoz (Eric), Kyle Wayland Shook, her brother, USA Ret. Col. Joseph MacKay Spears Jr., eleven nieces and nephews and her great grandson, Cyrus Dana Antle.

Born June 10, 1926 in Winnetka, Illinois she was the daughter of Joseph MacKay Spears and Ruth Van Deursen Spears.  She graduated from Duke University and worked for what later became the CIA as a secretary.  Upon her marriage to Robert Lee Smith, they were stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany and subsequent assignments for the US Army within the states.  After Bob's death, she married George Canfield, former First Selectman of Bridgewater CT, and moved to Madison.  She was affectionately known as Mitzi.  An excellent Army wife, an accomplished pianist and a great bridge player she resides in our hearts now and forever. The family would like to thank the staff at Evergreen Woods Health Center for the loving way in which she was cared for while in residence.

Services are private.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter 749 East Main St. Branford, CT 06405. To sign the online guestbook please visit

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Jay Kuchar
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
Was so sorry to hear of Mitzi‘s passing. She was a dear friend, and an integral part of our group, the Yaya‘s. Oh the fun and lunches and bridge games we had! She will be missed.

Tom & Lisa Connor
   Posted Tue February 05, 2019
So sorry for your loss and so glad you got to spend as much time with your Mother as you did before she passed. We love you.