Lillian Fletcher was born in Newport, New Hampshire, and graduated from Colby in 1888. She was a Baptist, and her favorite literary work was Horace’s Odes. She briefly pursued a career as an assistant at the Wayland Seminary in Washington D.C., educating and training African-American freedmen to enter the ministry, from 1888 to 1889. Then she moved to Minnewaska, New York with her husband (George H. Smiley), had several daughters and a son, and together they were the proprietors of the Lake Minnewaska Mountain Houses. She was known for her “Smiley” hospitality, and in her spare time, she taught in a Mission Sunday School of the estate. She died on December 21, 1944, a year after her husband.