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Kathy Ross Smith, 66, of Clinton, passed away on Oct. 11, 2017, at Harrison Crossing in Terre Haute, after a nearly one-year battle with cancer. The daughter of Verlin and Myrtle Hiatt Ross, was born on April 20, 1951.
She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her beloved aunt, Evelyn Cull.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Mike; daughters, Addie (Steve) Thompson and Hailey (Darrell) Christensen; grandchildren, Clara, Jace and Devan; cousins, Doug, Sue, J.D. and Kay Cull; in-laws, Brian and Nancy Smith and Kim and Don Riggen; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
Kathy was a 1969 graduate of Clinton High School, where she was active in the choir and band, performing with the Golden Tones, as well as being the majorette captain. She held the high honor of being the 1967 Vermillion County Fair Queen and also served as "hostess" during the first year of Clinton's Little Italy Festival.
When it was time for college, Indiana State University was her choice and education was her major. While at ISU, Kathy was both a Sparkette and a member of the synchronized swim team.
With school behind her, Kathy put her education degree to work for South Vermillion Community Schools, she taught at Central Elementary, South Vermillion High School, Glendale Elementary and South Vermillion Middle School for a total of 33 years.
Kathy possessed a gentle spirit sharing kindness and smiles with her students, friends and family. Of course, Kathy had an extra special place in her heart for her grandchildren, Clara, Jace and Devan. She will continue living through her daughters and grandchildren. Anyone who knew Kathy realizes that we are all better individuals for having had her in our life.
As per Kathy's request, there will be a private funeral service; however, we invite friends and family to join us in a celebration of life at the Christian Church, 649 Blackman Street, in Clinton, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, from 5 until 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider bringing a children's book to her celebration; this would please Kathy because of her love of both children and reading. Online condolences may be made at:
www.fristfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 12, 2017
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