WESTON, Vt. – Julie Smith Hoyt of Weston, Vt. died Sept. 9, 2017 at her home on Dale Rd. in Weston after a courageous, three-year battle with brain cancer. Hoyt was born on Nov. 20, 1941 to Thurston H. Smith and Ruth Mooney Smith. After growing up on Centre Island, N.Y. and attending school there, she attended Oldfields School and graduated from House in the Pines in Norton, Mass. before moving to New York where she lived for several years.
After marriage she moved to Manakin-Sabot, Va. where she rode with the Deep Run Hunt. After four years in Virginia, the Hoyts moved to the North Shore of Boston where they lived for the next 30 years. Hoyt’s primary occupation was taking care of her four children and her husband, but she found time to be entrepreneurial in many disparate fields including second-hand sporting goods and gift baskets for local prep school students. She was a board member of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, as any animal was her true passion.
Hoyt was very artistic and in her latter years she became an accomplished watercolor artist, which gave her much enjoyment and helped form some wonderful friendships. Upon moving to Weston in 2006, Hoyt threw herself into volunteer work of all kinds. She was a caring and loving friend to many.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Bill Hoyt. In addition, she is survived by her four children, Kimberly Agocs and her husband Alan of Brownfield, Maine; Ashley Hoyt and her daughter Abigail of St Johnsbury, Vt.; Allison Hoyt of Dorchester, Mass.; and Winthrop Hoyt, his wife Barrie Koegel, and their two sons, August and Clayton of Brooklyn, N.Y. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Deborah Smith of Carmel Valley, Calif.; her brother, Thurston H. Smith of Steuben, Maine; and several nieces and nephews.
A service celebrating her life will be held at the Peru Congregational Church in Peru, Vt. on Friday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts to any of the following charities would be appreciated; Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 911, Londonderry, VT, 05148; VNA Hospice, PO Box 881, Brattleboro, VT, 05302; or the Silver Lining Fund, San Cayetano Veterinary Hospital, 1133 Circulo Mercado, Rio Rico, AZ, 85648.