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Kathleen Smith

Kathleen June (Kitzler) Smith passed away peacefully in her home on Jan. 31, 2022, surrounded by loved ones and her faithful dog, Maggie.
A graduate of Carey High School and former student at the Grant College of Nursing, Kathy devoted her life’s work to the care of others as a hospice nursing assistant. She considered it a privilege to provide compassion and tender loving care to those in the last moments of their lives.
Kathy’s four main passions in life were her faith, her family, her love for animals and her quest for things that made her laugh. She will long be remembered for her melodious giggle that was frequently heard throughout the house. She kept her incredible sense of humor, even when experiencing what appeared to others as unbearable trials. She was able to see the good in every situation.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kathy had a strong testimony of the gospel and an intimate relationship with her savior. She never doubted God’s plan for her life. Upon learning of her terminal health condition, she rejoiced in knowing that she was leaving this world for a better one and that she would soon be reunited with those she loved so dearly on the other side.
Kathy’s death was preceded by that of her parents, Richard and Pauline Kitzler, as well as siblings, Benjamin Kitzler, Sean O’Dell and Erin O’Dell; brother-in-law, Tom (Kelly) Myers; and sister-in-law, Sue (Kevin) Kitzler. She is survived by her husband, Jeff Smith; daughters, Shelly Johnson, Lori (Robert) Kosch, Jenny Smith and Becky (Bon) Carter; siblings, Helen Thompson, Kelly Myers, Kevin (Debbie) O’Dell, Kevin Kitzler and Esther (Gary) Matthews; grandchildren, Jacob Kosch, Isaac Kosch, Reagan Carter, Ryan Carter, Ty Carter and Evan Carter; as well as an abundance of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
We hope all will join us in celebrating Kathy’s life at a memorial service to be held on her birthday, May 1, (location and time to be announced). In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in her honor to the Hancock County Humane Society.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Spring Grove Cemetery in Carey.
Arrangements were handled by Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey.
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