CARBONDALE — Patricia Ann “Pat” (Greathouse) McSmith, born Dec. 18, 1925, passed from this life on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Wanda Olive (Sizemore) Fowler; father, Ralph V. Greathouse; husband, James Rolla (Jim) McSmith; daughter, Nancy Elizabeth (McSmith) Charnock; and grandson, Raymond Croslin.
She is survived by her son, Steve (and his wife, Linda) McSmith of Sevierville, Tennessee; and daughters, Deborah McSmith of St. Pete Beach, Florida, Susan (and her husband, Tad) Miller of Sevierville, Tennessee, and Wanda (and her husband, Tom) Christenson of Robbinsville, North Carolina. She is also survived by several grandchildren, Heather (and Tom) Addoms, Melanie (and Jeff) Lewis, Brendon McSmith, Gena (and Ian) Doyle, Angela DeLuigi, Sarah (and Rod) Nussey, Nick (and Cassie) DeLuigi; and by her great-grandchildren, Ethan Addoms, Leighton, Madeira and Haddon Doyle, Paige Croslin, Elizabeth and Alexandra Nussey, Olivia Jane DeLuigi, and Levi Lewis.
She took tremendous pride in her children and their families. She was ever helpful in all their lives and made them a priority in hers.
Pat was born in Clearwater, Florida, but moved to Carbondale at the age of 6 months. As she used to tell people, “They say when you’re born with sand in your shoes, you’ll always return to Florida,” and she did exactly that in 1965, moving with her family to St. Petersburg, Florida where she spent the next 51 years of her life thoroughly enjoying the gulf beaches and warm weather year round. After just over a half century of life in subtropical Florida, she transitioned once again to a different environment via a move with daughter Wanda and son-in-law Tom Christenson to Robbinsville, North Carolina. The beauty of the mountains was an inspiration for Mom’s inquisitive nature, and she enjoyed learning about and savoring the beauty of North Carolina’s flora and fauna. She particularly enjoyed the many songbirds and flowering trees, shrubs and flowers.
Pat was a particularly gifted student as a child; she graduated from high school and started college at age 15, and at age 19, was teaching high school seniors only one year her junior. After a several year break from teaching while having her five children, she returned to teaching junior high school and high school English for many years, finally retiring at age 62. After losing her husband, Jim, to cancer when she was 45, she became involved in ballroom dancing, pursuing a pastime that had always been a dream. Dancing brought her special joy for decades. In addition to being a devoted mother and grandmother, a dance enthusiast and a good friend to many, Pat loved life to the fullest, loved to travel, and never stopped learning. Hers was a life well lived.
Arrangements for Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. Townson-Smith Funeral Home in Robbinsville, North Carolina, is in charge of the arrangements. An online register is available at www.townson-smithfuneralhome.com.