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Penelope Smith

January 18, 1945 — October 31, 2021

Penelope Marie Smith, née Wood of Garrison, NY peacefully passed away on October 31, 2021.

Born on January 18, 1945 in London, England, Penelope came to the States at age 2 with her family aboard the Queen Elizabeth. She was raised in Ocean Grove, NJ by Dennis and Norma “Peaches” Wood (nee Westervelt). She attended Neptune High School and continued her studies at Newark School of the Arts, Kutztown State College and Parsons School of Fashion. Penelope spent her 20’s in the Lower East Side of NYC as an aspiring designer and illustrator.

She married Allen Jay Smith in 1971. They moved to Brooklyn and Tarrytown before eventually settling in Garrison in 1976, where they raised their children, Jocelyn, Wyatt and Caroline.

Self taught, Penelope was a skilled dressmaker specializing in heirloom bridal gowns. She was an active and passionate member of the Philipstown Garden Club. She is affectionately remembered as a lunch yard monitor at Garrison Union Free School in the ‘80’s, tireless hostess of legendary Fourth of July parties and proprietor of Knittingsmith in Cold Spring. Penelope embraced an unshakeable and joyful love of God.

She is survived by her husband Allen, children Wyatt, Jocelyn and Caroline and grandchildren Wiley, Maveric, Dodi and Scarlett. She was deeply loved, and will be dearly missed by her brothers and many adoring nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends may call on Saturday November 6, 2021 from 1-4pm at Clinton Funeral Home, 21 Parrott Street, Cold Spring.

In Lieu of flowers please make donations in Penelope's name to The Center for Reproductive Rights, 199 Water Street New York, NY 10038 or online at

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