Kathey loved her family and her friends. She showed her love in many ways, from cooking wonderful meals to opening her home, and in the little things like sending cards for Valentine's Day, and wrapping presents with great attention to detail. She very much enjoyed gathering as a family for holidays and hosting game nights. Even though she was born in Michigan, she moved to Texas and made it her home in her early twenties. She enjoyed being outside tending to her yard and the yards and gardens of others. Being close to nature surely brought joy and satisfaction to her.
Kathey was an attentive mother to her children and loved them each very much. She raised them in the Catholic faith and was always very honest and straightforward with them. But when she became a grandmother (her grandchildren called her GaGa) she had a renewed sense of purpose. She loved each of her grandchildren and always saw them for the unique individuals they were. She was always quick to point out their talents and urged them to continue to use their talents throughout their lives.
Kathey was married to Rodney Ray Smith on Easter Sunday April 14, 1968. They were married over 43 years. Even though they were no longer married, they still remained close. Rodney was very involved in her care while she was ill. He visited her daily up until the day of her passing.
Kathey loved to play card games and be surrounded by family and friends. Also among her favorites was drinking Coca-Cola, listening to talk radio, and watching various TV shows. You would often find her curled up with her cat (fondly named Kitty) on the couch watching TV. Kathey held many jobs in her working career, but she gravitated toward financial work and solving problems. Much of her early career she worked with bank tellers. Later she worked for many years for an advertising agency in their invoicing department.
People would describe Kathey as having a good sense of humor. She was not easily embarrassed and enjoyed meeting new people. Kathey was generous, selfless, and the last thing she ever wanted to do was put anyone out. She loved her country and took any opportunity to honor servicemen and women. She would often openly thank those in uniform for their service. She loved to have fun, she was a great shoulder to cry on, and she will be missed immensely. Kathey would be happy knowing that the people closest to her are celebrating her life.
Services are being held for her on Friday
February 21, 2020 at 1:30 PM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic
Church 2016 Willis Ln. Keller, TX 76248. In lieu of flowers,
donations would be accepted at St. Jude Children's Hospital and
Mother and Unborn Baby Care.
Mary Ann Collizi Stowe: "So sorry for your loss." (to her family on FB)
I live in Ft. Worth, TX. I have been since
marring Rodney Smith, who was my pen pal during the Viet Nam
War. He was in the Air Force. We have been married 40+ years.