Arlene (Pat) Smith

Arlene (Pat) Smith, 83, of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully after a long illness at the Wesley Health Center on January 25, 2018.

She was born to the late Edward and Katherine Hogan, September 17, 1934 in Torrington, CT. Pat graduated from Ballston Spa High School, married the late Robert Smith and spent the majority of her adult life as a resident of Ballston Spa.

Proudly liberal in her political and social beliefs, Pat dedicated her life to serving others and fighting for social justice. She spent the latter part of her professional career working for Project Head Start (now the Head Start Association) an organization committed to ending the cycle of poverty through child and family education. She began her career with Head Start as a Nutrition Aide and retired after 35 years as a Center Director. During that time, Pat also participated as a founding member of the BACC which had its origin as a drop in center for local teens. Pat was immensely proud of her career and over those years touched countless lives and changed the life trajectory for many. A lifelong advocate for civil rights, Pat devoted herself to being a voice for the voiceless.

Even to the last of her days, Pat’s kindness, warm smile and easy manner nourished those around her.

She is survived by her sister Noreen, her five children, Kathy (Jon), Ed, Courtney (Shannon), Kevin (Jennifer) and Jennifer, and nine grandchildren: Raelynn, Taylor, Aaron, Connor, Teigan, Caileigh, Liam, Sawyer, Avery, and one great grandchild, Eva.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 30 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home. Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30am Wednesday, January 31 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to City Mission of Schenectady or Catholic Charities in Saratoga Springs.

Guest Book


Thank you, Mom. Thank you for always having my back, for believing in me, and for reaching me. Thank you for the amazing relationship we shared, and the bond we had.

I know you hated that I was part of the military machine, but thank you for supporting me anyways. After I told you I had enlisted in the military, you told me to come see you first the next time I got another hair-brained idea. Truth is, I was just afraid to tell you I wanted to join so I enlisted first and told you second! I did get another hair-brained idea, but I never told you until much later, when I was back home. I know it broke your heart the last time you saw me before I went overseas. I had only seen you cry twice in my life, you cried that day, and I’m sorry I broke your heart.

I know it was your energy, prayers, and spirit that made sure I came home from Iraq. Thank you.
Thank you for teaching me about compassion and humility, for seeing silver linings, for teaching me to question authority, for teaching me about love, and for standing up for what I believe in. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, and for never giving up on me. Thank you for passing on your warrior spirit - that has gotten me through all of the toughest moments - my private ones and the ones we shared. You are a woman who has dumbfounded and amazed more than one set of ER staff; thank you for raging against the dying of the light until you were ready.

You will always be Pat the Boss, but more importantly, you will always be my hero.

I am so grateful you are at peace and finally no longer suffering. You were truly an amazing woman, I have been so blessed to have you.

Thank you for being my Mom. I salute you.


A real trooper, friend to many, dedicated coworker, an inspiration to all. Will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.


Brave, strong, selfless. Defender, champion, advocate for the smallest and most vulnerable.
Friend, counselor, oracle.
Mother of five, and of uncounted hundreds who were in need of a Mom.
If that’s not a superhero, I don’t know what is.
“And though she be but little, she is fierce” as the Bard put it.
I proudly call myself your favorite son in law, knowing full well you don’t play favorites.
I will bet on the Irish jockey, watch the Little League World Series, and keep an eye out for a Cardinal.
I will always miss both your counsel and the opportunity to crack you up.
I will tell your story someday to my grandchildren and challenge them to do better.
Peace, love, rest.

Lory Rothstein

She sounds like a real beautiful woman. So sorry for your loss.