Her husband of 64 years, Benjamin B. Britton, died in 2010. She is survived by her children, Brian A. Britton of Wrentham, Barbara A. Allaire and her husband, George of Auburn and Jo-Ann A. DeRosa and her husband, Gilbert of Hudson; three grandchildren, Benjamin P. Allaire and his wife, Amie of Worcester, Gina J. DeRosa and her husband Kevin Bullock of Waltham, and Sara E. DeRosa of New York City; two brothers, Horace T. Smith , Jr. of St. George, Utah and Paul D. Smith of Port Charlotte, Florida; also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was born in Providence, Rhode Island, daughter of the late Horace T. and Beatrice M. (West) Smith. In 1945, Avis graduated from East Providence High School.
Avis worked as a library associate at the Auburn Public Library for over 22 years. Many of those years she drove the Bookmobile, which provided the children of the Auburn community access to reading.
Avis was a member of the First Congregational Church of Auburn where she was an active member of the Women’s Fellowship Group, a 30-year member of the choir, and an active participant and leader of several other committees. She was a member of the Auburn Grange and she enjoyed volunteering many hours at the Life Care Center of Auburn, the former Hahnemann Hospital, Auburn Youth and Family Services and the library at Julia Bancroft Elementary School in Auburn. Also, Avis and her husband Ben had been actively involved with the 106th Infantry Division Reunion Group.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Mrs. Britton’s family on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 5-8 PM in the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn. A memorial service celebrating and honoring her life will be on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 11 AM at the First Congregational Church of Auburn, 128 Central Street, Auburn. Burial will be at a later date in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 128 Central St, Auburn 01501.