Kathreen L. Smith, 77, of Cleveland, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, surrounded by family.
Kathie was born on June 25, 1943, in Minneapolis, Minn. She was the daughter of the late William and Roberta Lorenz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry F. Smith, and her sister, Suzanne Lewellyn.
She attended the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, where she earned a bachelor of science and master's degree in education. At UTC, she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority.
She was a longtime educator in the Cleveland City Schools until her retirement in 1980, at which time she worked alongside her husband, Henry F. Smith, becoming an owner/operator of McDonald's Restaurants.
Kathie was a member of the Cleveland Country Club and the Vineyards Country Club in Naples, Fla., where she was an avid golfer and where she enjoyed playing tennis. She had the opportunity to play many of the nation’s top golf courses.
She was also a member of the Women's Services League of Cleveland, the Symphony Guild and was one of the first debutantes of the Cleveland-Athens Cotillion.
Those who were blessed to have known her would say that she was one of the friendliest and sweetest persons one could meet. She never met a stranger! Kathie will be terribly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. She had a heart of gold which is the way she will be remembered by friends and family who she always enjoyed spending time with.
Kathie was a devoted and active member of the St. Therese Catholic Church in Cleveland.
Survivors include her daughter, Michelle Dunn (Ken), Jim Kadnuck; her grandson, Kameron Dunn, all of Cleveland; her sisters: Barbara Shaw (Richard), Mary Vines (Judd), Robbin Oughtred (Chris), all of Cleveland; her brother: David Lorenz (Sloan); and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass for Kathie Smith will be held today, Nov. 27, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., at
St. Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Church, with Father Mike Nolan and Deacon Steve Ratterman officiating.
For those who are unable to attend the Funeral Mass, it will be live-streamed and you can go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCncctdRI5NRh0H2tmBRCdKA/about. You can subscribe to this new channel by clicking the red "Subscribe" button on the right side of the page. You can then click the "Bell" icon and the click "ALL" to receive notifications when we go Live. You can also bookmark the web page by clicking the star on the right side of your web address bar. You can find this information along with pictures showing you what to click on the church's Facebook page. Thank you for your patience during this upgrading process.
Entombment will take place immediately following the Mass, in the church's Cremation Garden. An informal Celebration of Kathie Smith's life for family and friends will be held on her birthday, June 25, 2021, with a location to be named later.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Ronald McDonald Charities of Chattanooga, 200 Central Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403.
The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.
You may share your condolences and your memories with the Kathie's family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.
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