Megan Smith – Most beautiful wife, mother, role model and now one of God’s Angels above. Note: -This will not be a usual obituary, as there was nothing usual about the life of our beloved Megan. She was taken from us far too soon, as she passed into the arms of God on 2 May 2017. Megan’s journey through her 60 years on this earth started when she was born in Rome, Italy to Donald and Gertrude Duffey and then baptized in St. Peter’s Cathedral. She was one of six children and born into a loving and nurturing Irish family. As a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Corps. Donald, Gertrude and family traveled Europe and the world including Argentina, Wash DC and Boston, MA. Megan primarily grew up in Concord, MA where she loved the history and change of seasons. She met Brad, the love of her life and husband of 25 years in Vermont by sheer fate, luck or God’s providence. They were married on 23 May 1992 in Concord, MA and moved to Wash. DC and then Elizabeth City, NC where Brad flew for the U.S. Coast Guard. Megan and Brad had two beautiful, loving and caring girls in this time- Christie and Alison. After 26 years of service Brad retired, and again by God’s providence was offered and accepted a job in NorCal, a region they had always tried get to. The family moved sight unseen in 2001 to Windsor, CA and put down deep roots in the local community, especially the Alexander Valley School (AVS) where the girls attended elementary school. During this time Megan and eight other AVS mothers developed a ten-year relationship, an extremely close and loving relationship that continues to this day. Upon Megan’s passing the “AVS 8” spoke the beautiful following words: “Megan is also survived by her beloved eight Alexander Valley School Moms, who for over ten years have come together to share the stories of their lives. The “girls” loved Megan for her feisty Irish spirit and passionate storytelling and their shared bond to be the best moms they could be. Her glass will always be at their table.” In her 22 years as a mother Megan raised two unbelievably loving, understanding and strong women. Christie and Alison now attend Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Christie will graduate on the Dean’s List and Cum Laude on 9 May and Alison is a Dean’s List Sophomore. Megan, through her love and understanding, instilled in the girls love and compassion. They miss their mother dearly, but know she is in a better place. They wanted to share their following thoughts: Christie-“Mom you were the best mother and role model that I could have ever asked for. You were taken from us far too soon but I know that you’re in a better place now. I will miss you every day for the rest of my life but will carry you in my heart. I know we will be together again someday, even though that isn’t soon enough. I will always keep with me your feisty Irish spirit and strength. I love you so much, Mom, we and the world were lucky to have you as long as we did. Family-where life begins and love never ends”. Alison-“Yesterday heaven gained a new angel even though everything just happened so fast and I still don’t want to believe it happened. All I can say is that these have been the best 19 years that I got to share with you and you have helped me so much in becoming and flourishing into who I am today. I appreciate you so much more than you could even imagine I do. I know you are in a better place now, and now I have a little guardian angel to watch over me every day. I am so blessed that you brought me into this world as your daughter and that I got to spend all this time I could with you. I love you so much words couldn’t even describe all of this love I have for you. I’ll never forget you and you will always be in my heart no matter what, and I know you’ll always be watching down on me. I’ll miss you so much, and I will always love you, Momma. Everything I am, you helped me to be”. Brad simply wishes to express that while he is crushed by the loss of his Megan, his continued and deepest love for her, and the knowledge that Megan is in a kinder and better place allows him to continue…one step at a time. The family requests that in-lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made in the name of Megan Smith to the Alpha Phi Foundation which is a Philanthropy that supports Women’s Heart Health at the following location: http://www.alphaphifoundation.org and click Donate Now at the top of the page. Fred Young Funeral Home, Healdsburg: 718 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448. The wake will be on May 11th at St. John’s Catholic Church from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at 208 W Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448. The Funeral Mass will be May 12th at St. John’s Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m.: 208 W Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448 with the burial following the mass.