Bachelor, Vassar College, 1937.
Recording secretary Children's Home, Inc., Poughkeepsie, New York, 1942, Dutchess County Planned Parenthood, 1941. Corporation secretary, director Smithers Tools and Machine Products, Inc., Rhinebeck, New York, 1965—1988. Former director Bankers Trust Hudson Valley, N.A.
President Dutchess County Society Mental Health, 1958—1959. Member Dutchess County Youth Board, 1968—1970. Founder, president Northern Dutchess Community Services, 1969, Northern Dutchess Day Care Center, Inc., 1971—1973, member advisory board.
Board directors Northern Dutchess Hospital. Chairman committee on detention Dutchess County Social Planning Council, 1949. Member of Junior League Poughkeepsie-Vassar, Beverly Yacht (Marion, Massachusetts).
Married William Henry Howell, August 7, 1937 (deceased 1961). Children: Kathleen, William David, Marian Braitmayer. Married John Abram Smithers, June 13, 1964.
Stepchildren: Margaret Smithers Koeniger, John A., Eleanor Smithers Blahnik, James P.