Katie SmithAge 79,  devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed  away, January 15, 2011.  Born November 9, 1931, in Lansing, Michigan, to Michael L. and Lillian G. (Epler) Hopkins.

She was a member of the Mayflower Society, lifetime member of the VFW Post 701, retired Postal employee and Compensation Director of the American Postal Workers, an officer for the local, state and national APWU,  and was awarded the Women in Labor Award.

Surviving  are her husband of 62 years William Henry Smith Jr.; daughters:  Kathy (Leonard) Chiesa of Mason, and Nola (Don) Parkey of East Lansing;  daughter-in- law, Shirley Smith of Longmont, Colorado; grandchildren: Melissa (Tim) Crandall of Mason, Jessica (Scott) Whitaker of Leslie, Heather (Brad) Mann of Dewitt, Jared Smith of Longmont, Colorado;  and great-grandchildren: Kodi and Foster Crandall, Devin and Hayden Whitaker, Wesslee Smith, and Lyla Mann.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Richard Hopkins; a son, Jon Smith; and a granddaughter, Carly Parkey.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.  A private family interment will be  in Riverside Cemetery, Alma, Michigan.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

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2 Messages to “Kathleen P. “Katie” Smith”

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    Sandy Hawkins Says:

    My Sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Smith. I shall cherish always my memories of the times spent with her in my admiration of her crafts. She always welcomed me into her home with the cheeriest disposition, her conversations fulfilling.

    As I am certain that her family mourns her passing, for them I pray that they try to celebrate how fully she put her life to splendid use. It helps, I think.

    Sincerely,
    Sandy

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    John & Courtney Thelen Says:

    From your old neighbors at 6212 Willow Highway, our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill and the whole Smith family for your lost. Katie was always kind and gracious to us and our young children. We were fortunate to have had her as our neighbors.

    Thinking of you during this difficult time.

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