Nell Kathleen “Kathy” (Keenan) Smith

January 11, 1939 ‒ September 12, 2019

Ontario, Ohio

Ontario: Nell Kathleen “Kathy” (Keenan) Smith passed away Thursday, September 12, 2019 in her home surrounded by her family. She was 80.

She was born January 11, 1939 to parents Thomas Patrick & Minnie Ann (Balser) Keenan in Glasgow, West Virginia.

On February 2, 1960, she married Jeffrey “Randy” Smith Sr. and they shared 41 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 2001. Now they are together again.

Kathy was a longtime member of Community Bible Church and wanted everyone to hear about the good news of Jesus Christ.

She enjoyed her flower garden, collecting dolls, taking short trips, new places and listening to gospel music. But above all, Kathy cherished her family. She was instrumental in making sure that her kids had it better than she had it, by encouraging them to get their college education. Her grandchildren were able to bring her such pride and joy as she loved them all dearly.

She is survived by daughter Cindy Rickel (fiancé Dave Gleason) and her children Rob (Kerry) Rickel and Randy Rickel; daughter Terri (Craig) Smith and their children Molly Smith and Caleb Smith; son Jeff (Jennifer) Smith and their children Jacob Smith and Julianne Smith; sister-in-law Loretta Keenan as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and brothers William Jayhue (Susan) Keenan, Thomas Edward (Carolyn) Keenan and John Patrick Keenan; niece Roxanne Hicks; nephew Michael Keenan.

The Smith family will receive friends Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 12-2 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring Kathy’s life will begin immediately at 2 p.m. William Salas will speak. Burial will follow in Ontario Community Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions to Richmond Christian School or Community Christian Academy may be made at the service.

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  • Terri and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be praying for you and your family. ❤ SandraDiedriech

  • Cindy, Terri, Jeff & family,
    So very sorry for the loss of your mom. Kathy lived her faith to the fullest and loved her family dearly. She will be missed by many. May God surround you with His peace during this time of bereavement.

  • Terri, Jeff and Cindy,
    I am praying for peace and comfort that only our Lord can give you all at this time. Kathy was a very special lady to me and I am so thankful that I knew her! Her love for her family and Christ was evident everytime we messaged each other.
    Love and prayers to you all,
    Annette, Dennis, Patrick and Leah Gilliland

  • To my Keenan family members,
    So very sorry to hear this news, I pray God will hold us all in His comforting love. Nell took the time to call me several times over the past few years to encourage me in my ministry and to tell some stories about my Dad (Ray Goble). I’ll cherish her love and kindness always. Heaven is brighter with her beautiful spirit there, give Jesus and all the family a big hug and a Kevin will see us again someday.

  • Kathy, I am sorry i never got the chance to meet you in person, through our chats a real friendship was made. I wish i had told you how I looked forward to your messages and how wonderful it was to hear about your life & your family half away around the world from me. I will miss you. My condolences to Kathy’s family

  • Cindy, Terri, Jeff and families.
    We are sad to learn of your mom’s passing. It’s comforting to know she is with Jesus. Our love and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Hang on to your memories that even death can’t take away. God give you comfort and peace.
    John and Patty Reppart

  • Cindy Terry and Jeff so sorry for your loss she was always a very special person in my life I surly will miss her knowing she is in Heaven with God brings us comfort and peace may God Bless You

  • Sorry to hear this! Haven’t seen her in years! But I remember her from the London area! Her mom was my great aunt!

  • Cindy and family…so sorry to hear of your loss..but what a heavenly homecoming! May the peace and comfort of our living Father enfold all of you..Ginny

  • Jeff and Family, although I only met your Mother one time, she left an impression on my heart, with her Big smile and her referring to her and I loving our Big Hair, still makes me smile. I do hope it gives you comfort, she’s with your Dad as I’m sure she would not want you to mourn as she is with the Angels and our Maker. Love to you all!
    Connie Phillips & Family

  • Cindy, Terri, Jeff and all your family- We send our sympathy for your Mom’s passing. She was a good neighbor and always so pleasant with a big smile. She will be missed in all of your lives. Keep her alive in all the treasured memories you enjoyed over your life. May the Lord Jesus Christ give you comfort and strength.
    Sincerely- Bill and Tonya Flanegan

  • Dear Terri and Family,
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I remember your Mom coming to Temple with you she was a very beautiful lady,very friendly like you.I liked her from the beginning. She willed be missed very much but when we. Think of the home she has gone to , much easier. Pray for you and family to be comforted by the Holy Spirit.Love you.

  • Remember Neil many years ago living up Hughes Creek, WV. Thoughts and prayers are with the family. God Bless
    Ford Family, Hughes Creek, West Virginia.