Patsy Peoples Smith, Elizabethton, passed quietly on Aug. 7, 2013, at home on Blue Springs Road, following a long illness with cancer.
Patsy was born in Elizabethton Oct. 17, 1936. Her parents, May and Lon Peoples and sisters, Betty and Ann, all of Elizabethton, preceded her in death. A brother, James Edward, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and died in the war.
Generations of Patsy’s family lived in the area between Elizabethton and Roan Mountain, and she made sure her grandsons, who live in Florida, knew about their ancestors.
Her first job was at her father’s paint and wallpaper business, Elizabethton Wallpaper and Supply Company. She attended Elizabethton High School, graduating in 1954, after which she attended and graduated from Steed College of Technology in Johnson City, with a major in working for legal and medical practices.
After graduation, she worked for the Carter County Bank and law firms in Elizabethton before moving to Florida with her family.
Patsy had a love of collecting antiques, visiting flea markets, vintage items, and making and collecting dolls. She filled many hours with her hobbies and enjoyed crafts, sewing doll clothes, and hand-painting many of her ceramic craft items. She was an active member of the International Doll Makers Association and attended the association’s annual conventions. Some of her dolls took prizes in international competitions.
Patsy enjoyed watching television shows that had to do with flea markets, appraisals, restoration and finding used treasures. Her homes in coastal South Carolina, south Florida and East Tennessee were always filled with pretty items and antiques that she and her husband, Jimmy, had collected and restored to beauty. Patsy had a natural talent and flair for interior decoration and design.
She was also a southern cook of the highest quality, and her family and grandchildren remember with great pleasure fantastic southern-style meals that she enjoyed cooking for them. She always filled her homes with photos of her family, children and grandchildren, and kept all kinds of scrapbooks and mementos of her family around her.
Patsy could always be counted on for family stories, gossip and humorous remarks about people and events.
She stayed active in her Elizabethton High School alumni groups, attended high school reunions for years and kept lifelong friendships. She loved to travel, and was often away visiting cousins, grandchildren and friends out-of-town, and she enjoyed taking cruises with her husband. A cruise to Scandinavia was a special favorite of theirs.
Patsy married James D. Smith in Elizabethton Feb. 25, 1956, after he returned from service with the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. They were together for 62 years and married for 57 years. Patsy and Jimmy lived in Charleston, S.C.; and West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Lake Park and DeLand, Fla., where Jimmy’s career in the aircraft industry took them, until returning to Elizabethton after he retired.
Patsy is survived by her beloved husband, James D. Smith; two sons, Blake Smith (Elizabethton); and David Smith, with three grandsons Brennen, Nathan and Dylan, all of Riviera Beach, Fla. She is also survived by two nephews, Jeffrey Pearson (wife, Janice) and Lynn Smith (wife, Pam); four nieces: Nancy Fair, Cathy McKeehan (husband, Edwin), Jennifer Pearson; and Carola Walker and her husband, Gary, who also became devoted secondary caregivers and of immense help to Jimmy during Patsy’s illness.
One sister, Dorothy Markland, still lives in Elizabethton. One brother-in-law, Charles R. Smith and wife, Clauda, live near Ithaca, N.Y.
Patsy enjoyed life until the past year, when her health began to fail.
Memorial service will be held in Memorial Funeral Chapel Saturday, August 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dwight Basham officiating. Mary Lou O’Quinn will be in charge of music. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Amedisys Hospice in her name. The family wishes to express a special “Thank You” to her nurse Jemima Rowland. Friends may also visit with the family at the residence.Condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.