LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Kathleen Smith, 84, of Liberty Township passed away Monday morning, April 5, 2021, at her residence with her loving husband and family at her side.
She was a daughter of Benjamin and Kathryn Pyne Vaughan, was born August 10, 1936 in Youngstown and a lifelong member of the community.
Mrs. Smith was a graduate of New Waterford High School, graduate of Youngstown College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education and additional studies in Special Education at both Akron and Kent State Universities.
She was a member of St. Edward Parish, where she was an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and was the Chairperson of the prayer chain and a reading tutor.
Mrs. Smith was a teacher at Fairhaven School in Niles and retired in 2000 from Cardinal Kiddie Kollege in Liberty Township.
Mrs. Smith leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Deacon James Smith of almost sixty years of marriage, whom she married June 24, 1961; sons, Phillip (Deborah) Smith of Strongsville; Dr. Lawrence (Paula) Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee and James Smith of Youngstown; daughters, Vicky (Martin) Trescott of North Canton and Margaret Smith of Liberty Township, sister, Judy (Bernie) Willoughby of Austintown; brother, Mike (Carolyn) Pyne of Liberty Township; grandchildren, Ryan (Sarah), Stephanie (Caleb), Kimberly (Robson), Amanda, Alden, Cody (Justine), Garrison (Stephanie), Taylor, Logan, Blake Haylie and Makenzie; great grandchildren, Braylee, Lucy. Olaan, Eli, Westin and Harper; brother-in-law, Don Cunningham; sister-in-law, Nancy Vaughan and former sister-in-law, Carol Nelson. Mrs. Smith is also survived by her husband’s family, sister-in-law, Patty (Joe) Sikora; brother-in-law, Jack Higgins and her former sister-in-law, Terri Smith.
Besides her parents Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by a brother, Ben Vaughan and a sister, Susie Cunningham; sister-in-law, Mary Louise Higgins and a brother-in-law, John Smith.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday at the McCauley Funeral Home and 10:00 am to 10:45 am Friday in St. Edward Church followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am celebrated by Monsignor Robert Siffrin.
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