MIFFLINTOWN - Kathleen E. "Kate" Smith, 97, of Mifflintown, died at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014, at the Bridges at Brookline, Mifflintown.
Born on Aug. 31, 1916, in Mifflintown, Juniata County, she was the daughter of the late Wadsworth and Lela (Sherriff) Beward. On Feb. 19, 1938, she married F. Paul "Doggie" Smith, with whom she shared more than 55 years of marriage until he preceded her in death on May 11, 1993.
Surviving are: her children, Richard C. Smith, of Mifflintown, Kathleen A. McCoy and her husband, William, of Reedsville, Franklin P. Smith Jr. and his wife, Paula, of Mechanicsburg, David L. Smith and his wife, Jan, and Christie L. Yorks and her husband, Ron, all of Mifflintown; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: a daughter, Lucinda Kay Smith, on Aug. 30, 1940; and two sisters, Dorothy Barley and Ernestine Challenger.
Mrs. Smith was a 1936 graduate of Mifflintown High School, a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Mifflintown, "The Gordon Girls" and was the oldest living member of the American Legion Post 298 Ladies Auxiliary, Mifflintown.
In earlier life, she was employed as a clerk for Gordon's Department Store, Mifflintown, and later as a cook for the American Legion Post 298.
Kate's hobbies included knitting, gardening, cooking and baking coconut cake, for which she will long be remembered.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Brown Funeral Homes Inc., with the Rev. William N. Esborn officiating. Interment will follow in the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown.
Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the funeral home.
For those who wish, memorial donations in Mrs. Smith's memory may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, 3 S.Third St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.
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