Patricia J. Smith

March 30, 1933 ‒ November 05, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Patricia J. Smith, age 86, went home to her Lord and heavenly family on November 5, 2019.

Pat was born March 30, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan.  After graduating from high school in 1950, she attended Burrough’s Comptometer School to learn keypunching skills.  Soon after completing her coursework, Pat was hired as a payroll clerk in the accounting department of Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Plant.  She married Kenneth J. Smith, her high school sweetheart, on November 21, 1953.  After moving to North Olmstead, Ohio in January, 1954, Pat began working at Ford’s Brookpark Engine Plant.  Two years later, Ken was called to serve in the U.S. Army in Fort Rucker, Alabama, where the couple welcomed their first child.  Following Ken’s term of duty, they settled in Richmond Heights, Ohio, and added a second son and a daughter to their family.  Pat soon became an expert at diapers and negotiating arguments.  Once her kids were grown, Pat returned to part-time work at Kenyon College.

Since coming to Mt. Vernon in October 1969, Pat made many friends and especially enjoyed her church family at First Presbyterian Church.  Pat was involved in many church activities, and served as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader.   Pat was a faithful Red Cross Bloodmobile volunteer with her dear friend Eloise Hagan for almost 20 years.  Pat loved to play her piano, enjoyed playing bridge, and spending the winter months on the Florida beach.  She and Ken enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and many international destinations.  Pat’s greatest happiness was spending time with her grandchildren and watching them participate in their many activities.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Margaretha (Weiersmuller) Monteith; a brother, Robert J. Monteith; a sister, Elizabeth J. Becker; a niece, Sandra Becker; and her dearly loved aunt, Elizabeth Weiersmuller.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Kenneth J. Smith; children Gregory R. (Nancy) Smith; Geoffrey L. (Rhonda) Smith; and Karen E. (Jeffery) Irvin; grandchildren Kelly, Holly, Mason, Jason (Cherish), Samuel (Sarah), Caleb, and Elizabeth; and great-granddaughter Ellenor.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  A private burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Food for the Hungry or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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  • Dear Ken, Greg and Nancy, and Family, We are so sorry to read about the passing of Mrs. Smith. We are sending all of you our deepest sympathy and friendship. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • I am so sorry for your loss. What fun you all must have had together. The photos are a beautiful tribute to Pat.

    • Thank you and Ross for sharing your musical gifts with Pat during your visits with her. We know she enjoyed it on some level.