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Catherine "Kay" Smith

August 8, 1929 November 14, 2017
Catherine "Kay" Smith
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Obituary for Catherine "Kay" Smith

​DURHAM: Catherine Smith, 88, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at her home in Durham, NC. She was born in Geneva, Illinois, the daughter of the late Fred Charles Collier and Evalyn Nesbitt Wertz. Catherine was a devoted wife to her husband, Rufus E. Smith Jr., who preceded her in death.

​Kay lived a long and meaningful life and was self-proclaimed as "doing a lot a little." She had a passion for history, writing, art, classical music, and travel. She enjoyed spending time with her loved ones, family and friends. Kay touched so many lives while here and always had a story to share. To paraphrase one of her favorites, Frank Sinatra, "she did it her way — Kay Sera.”

​Mrs. Smith is survived by and will be greatly missed by her daughter, Diane Vargo; grandchildren, Stephen Vargo and Kristen Vargo; great-grandchildren, Sophia Hogan, Aston Vargo, Anderson Vargo, Ava Catter and Aidan Catter; sisters, Patricia Wellington and Linda Zinkovich; nieces, Sue Berger and Jane Kuett; and nephews, Charlie Zinkovich and John Zinkovich.

​There are no services planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Mailing Address: PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950.

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Cremation has taken place.

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Children's Hospital


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