Mary “Kathy” Smith

November 05, 1953 ‒ December 18, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Mary “Kathy” Smith, age 66, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on November 5, 1953 in Mansfield, Ohio the daughter of James and Mary (Shrewsbury) McElvain.  Kathy worked for McElvain Group Homes in Mansfield, Ohio.

Kathy was a collector and had an extensive collection of Bradley dolls and frogs.  More than anything, she enjoyed the quality time spent with her family and friends.  Kathy was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Chuck Smith; children, Shelley (Kelly) Hunt of Mount Vernon, Shannon (Christina Strait) McElvain of Mount Vernon, Tim (Melissa) Smith of Fredericktown and Tom (Melissa) Smith of Milford Center, Ohio; ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren; four brothers, Mike (Mary) McElvain of Kingston, Ohio, Don (Kathy) McElvain of Mansfield, Dennis McElvain of Louisville, Kentucky and Richard McElvain of Mount Vernon.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Jim McElvain and sister-in-law, Carol McElvain.

Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon where a funeral service will be held on Monday beginning at 11 a.m.  The family will observe a private burial.

Memorial contributions in Kathy’s name may be made to Kindred Hospice.

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  • My dear friend,
    I have no words. You knew this day was fast approaching but imagine your heart is still shocked
    and devastated. You were a warrior for her.
    May God comfort you in this time and give you peace.

  • Dear Chuck and family.
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Kathy was a wonderful woman with many talents and boy. was she ever a hard worker. You should be proud of the devotion you have shown her throughout your years together! You were a wonderful husband. May you all find comfort in your many fond memories of your dear wife & mother as you look forward to the day your family circle will no longer be unbroken
    Love & kisses xoxo
    Cousin Kate Smith

  • Im so sorry she will be sadly missed. I loved being around her she always treated me like one of the family. If there iis anything the family needs please let me know. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Chuck. So very sorry for your loss. We’re all holding you and your family in our thoughts.

    Doug Wilson

  • Chuck and Family: We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family gave her wonderful care during her illness and she is at peace now.
    It is still hard even if you know it is coming.
    We are holding you and your family in our thoughts.
    Love Eslie and Marcia

  • I am so very sorry to hear this. I love you all soooo much. Although I can’t make it for her funeral, I will definitely be there in spirit.
    I have so many awesome memories of Aunt Kathy. She was always so much fun. Huge, huge hugs to you all.
    Love you so much!

  • Chuck and family,
    We were so very saddened to hear of Kathy’s passing.

    May the Lord comfort you and give you peace in this time of Sorrow.

    Terry and Pam Hissong

  • Shelley,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We can’t imagine how difficult this time is for you and your family. Although we can’t be there in person, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jason and Tennelle McElvain

  • Sorry I am doing this late. Condolences to all members of family and friends. Love you Melissa Tim.

    Aunt Coke