Eileen H. (Smalanskas) Daubney of Worcester, MA, and Westerly, RI, died Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, surrounded by her children. She was 89. Her husband of 60 years, Philip C. Daubney, Sr., died in 2011. Born December 31, 1932, in Worcester, MA, she was the daughter of the late George J. Smalanskas and Helen M. (Polaski) Smalanskas. She was predeceased by her sisters, Agnes Kompel and Marion McGovern, and brothers Fred Smalanskas and George Smalanskas. She is survived by her children; daughter, Helen E. Cushing and spouse Richard Cushing; son, Philip C. Daubney Jr. and spouse Kathleen (Kmetz) Daubney; daughter, Jane Daubney Goyette and spouse Thomas Goyette; and daughter, Karen A. Daubney-Lufkin and spouse John Lufkin; 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by one of her closest childhood friends, Marion Dyson, of whom she often spoke fondly and with whom she maintained a lifelong friendship.
She grew up in Worcester, MA, and graduated from Commerce High School. After caring for her children for many years, she later worked for Shawmut Bank in Worcester in the accounting department, until her retirement. For most of her life, she maintained an extensive garden, and spent many hours canning the tomatoes and other vegetables it produced. When not gardening, trimming hedges, or initiating home improvement projects, she would be out pursuing her favorite pastime, shopping. Along with her husband, she spent much of her time at her summer home in Westerly, RI near the ocean, where she enjoyed cooking copious amounts of food for her extended family. Sharing time with them was her greatest joy. She also spent many days at the beach or on the water, boating, fishing, and gathering steamers to use in her famous clam fritters and other recipes.
A member of St. Christopher’s Church since its founding in 1957, she enjoyed cooking and crocheting items for its annual fundraising bazaar.
Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 7 with a Mass at 10:30 AM in St. Christopher's Church, 950 West Boylston Street, Worcester. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Visitation will be in the church before Mass, from 9:30-10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund, St. Christopher’s Church, 950 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA, 01606.