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Weymouth church to hold funeral services for Mass. family members killed in crash near Disney World

From left to right: Josephine Fay, Julie Smith, Jaxon Smith and Scarlett Smith died in a crash on Route 429 in Kissimmee, Fla.
From left to right: Josephine Fay, Julie Smith, Jaxon Smith and Scarlett Smith died in a crash on Route 429 in Kissimmee, Fla.Fay Family

Funeral services will be held at a Catholic Church in Weymouth this week for members of the Fay and Smith families who were killed last week in a crash near Disney World, according to their obituaries.

A wake for Josephine Fay, 76, of Weymouth, Julie Smith, 41, of Whitman, and her children, Scarlett , 5, and Jaxon , 11, will be held Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Church.

A funeral Mass will be held at the church Saturday at 10 a.m., her obituary said.

The families had traveled to Florida for the February School Vacation Week. They were killed on Tuesday, Feb. 18, when the van they were traveling in was rear-ended on on Route 429 in Kissimmee, Fla., about 10 miles from Disney World.

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Fay’s husband, William, also 76, and Julie’s husband, Shane Smith, 43, were hospitalized with injuries, but later released from Orlando Regional Medical Center. Shalie Smith, 10, and Skylar Smith, 5, were not injured.

Fay worked as a professor of early childhood education for 18 years at Quincy College, according to her obituary. She taught at several South Shore elementary schools and served as a representative assembly delegate of the National Education Association.

“Faith and family were central to Josephine’s life,” the obituary said. “She volunteered as a CCD teacher and cherished every minute spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.”

Julie Smith worked as a director for training for Liberty Mutual Insurance, according to her obituary. “Being a mom was the greatest joy of Julie’s life,” her family wrote.

Jaxon Smith, who was a sixth grader at Hanson Middle School, was also a talented youth soccer player. “Jaxon changed the lives of multiple people as an organ donor,” his family wrote.

Scarlett Smith was in preschool and loved dancing, tumbling, and swimming, her obituary said.

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“She was a daddy’s girl, idolized her big sister Shalie and had a special bond with her twin sister, Skylar,” her family wrote.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Smith and Fay Memorial Fund, Northeastern Savings Bank, 570 Washington St., Whitman, MA., 02382.

Donations in memory of Jaxon may also be made to the Pediatric Neurology Fund at Tufts Medical Center. They can be sent to Tufts Medical Center Development Office, 800 Washington St., #231, Boston, MA. 02111.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Josephine may be made to the Smith and Fay Memorial Fund, North Easton Savings Bank, 570 Washington Street, Whitman, MA 02382 or in memory of Jaxon Smith to the Pediatric Neurology Fund at Tufts Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center Development Office, 800 Washington Street, #231, Boston, MA 02111.


Andrew Stanton can be reached at andrew.stanton@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewstanton.