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Patricia A. Smith, age 85, of Midland died peacefully at her home on Thursday, December 10, 2020. She was born January 11, 1935 in Detroit to the late Raymond J. and Charlotte (Kemeny) O’Tool. Pat married Thomas H. Smith on August 4, 1956 in Bay City, MI. He preceded her in death on July 9, 2000.


Pat attended Bay City Central High School and was a graduate of Michigan State University and earned her Master’s Degree from SVSU. She was an art teacher for Midland Public Schools for over 37 years and was MPS Art Coordinator for her last 9 years, retiring in 1998. She also served as President of the local teacher’s union and was a member of the Midland Artist Guild. Pat continued to teach art for Midland Center for the Arts until the time of her death.


Pat was a devout Catholic and faithful member of Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. She was an accomplished watercolor artist and art educator. She loved camping, snowmobiling, gardening, playing bridge as well as beating all of her family in cards and Scrabble. Christmas was her absolute favorite time of year. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who meant the world to her.


She is survived by sons Tim Smith (Bruce Hackney), Mike (Lori) Smith, Dave (Lisa) Smith and daughter Shari Smith (Mike Driver). Grandchildren; Nick (Hannah Klein) Smith, Timmi (Kyle) Boxey, Janae (Torri) Nelson, Kayla (Andrew) Booms, Samantha (Garrett Schultz) Baird, Christian (Sara Midura) Smith, Mitchell (Natalie Jamrog) Smith. Great grandchildren; Lyght, Mila and Ali. Her siblings; Nancy (Joe) Grace, Kerry (Ann) O’Tool, Judy Moreland, Colleen (Terry) Borchardt, Kevin (Lisa) O’Tool, and in-laws, Judy (Bill) LaMont, Greg (Madonna) Smith and Mary Jo (Bill) Divo. She was predeceased by her infant son, Kelly Smith.


A private funeral liturgy will take place on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Assumption BVM Catholic Church. The family will gather on Monday evening at Smith-Miner Funeral Home to remember Pat. Burial will take place at Midland City Cemetery after mass.


Those planning on an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Assumption BVM Catholic Church, Midland’s Open Door and the Creative 360 Center. Condolences may be left at info@smithminer.com.    





Condolence Messages

  1. Mary Mersereau-Kempf

    10 January 2021 7 months ago

    Pat’s family,
    Pat was a blaze of energy, talent, and enthusiasm when she also taught 6th grade Art at Adams and Coordinated the program. Pat tripled the amount of time she put into my class by collecting the students’ art in a portfolio and writing comments evaluating their work overtime. Hardest and best way for students to grow as artists.
    Pat’s life on earth ended, your relationship with her never ends.
    Celebrating Pat, a life well-lived!

  2. Pat Sibbald

    28 December 2020 7 months ago

    Dave and Lisa, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. This has been such a year of loss for so many of us. May peace and comfort be yours at this very sad time. Much love to you both

  3. Darlene Thompson

    20 December 2020 7 months ago

    I am so very very sorry to hear of your loss moms an grandmas are the best, i have lost a son, but there is nothing like losing
    A mother, its like a piece of you is gone, we prayed for your family during this loss, as well as her soul. Pat was a great person
    My mom Shirley an your mom loved each other alot. GOD be with you. Please tell the others including Christisn, an Jimmy
    Always an love
    Darlene shirlenes cuisine. PS another legend is has left but never to be forgotten

  4. Mary Yeomans

    15 December 2020 8 months ago

    The members of the MEA-Retired Midland Chapter want to let the family know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as your family goes through this time.

  5. Bruce Harner

    15 December 2020 8 months ago

    Praying. dreaming and thinking of you during these difficult day’s knowing you will arrive on the other end of them with peace and success. Love to all of you.

  6. Cathy & Scott Brubaker

    15 December 2020 8 months ago

    To the entire Smith family, thank you for sharing your amazing mother/grandmother with us. We consider ourselves privileged to have known her and to be included as part of your family on many occasions. Her huge personality will be missed and remembered fondly. We look forward to cherishing memories of her with you in the years to come. For now, BIG hugs from us both.

  7. Rich and Deb Poupard

    15 December 2020 8 months ago

    Mike, Lori, and the entire Smith Family, We are so sorry about your loss. Pat was a caring woman and loved by many people. Just know that we are thinking about you all and praying for you right now.

  8. Anonymous

    15 December 2020 8 months ago

    God Bless Your Family . . .We send love and blessings as we remember times past . we remember Pat as a wonderful lady with a ready smile ( laugh ) a warm personality ,a lady with many talents . . .we are thankful we met her and got to spend time with her though out the years . . .Mr and Mrs Gary Brookhouse )

  9. Roger and Debbie Plessner

    15 December 2020 8 months ago

    Dear Smith family, Roger and I feel like we lost one of our own family. Our hearts go out to you all along with our prayers. We know Pat is at peace and watching over you all.

  10. Roger and Debbie Plessner

    15 December 2020 8 months ago

    Dear Smith family Roger and I feel like we lost one of our family members. We will miss her dearly and we hold all of you in our thoughts and prayers. May you all receive comfort in knowing Pat is at peace and watching over you.

  11. Carol Meinhardt

    14 December 2020 8 months ago

    Pat was a delightful woman that we will miss greatly. Her laughter and love of life made it a joy to be around her. She was generous in spirit and in life. She kept our bridge group busy with activities, dinners at Shari’s, going to the Kilted Chef, and always having new ideas. We loved having bridge at her house in October and December. Her decorations inside the house and outside the house left even adults in awe. We loved her and she will live on in our special memories of that contagious smile.

  12. Tim & Tina Solosky

    14 December 2020 8 months ago

    We would like to wish you our deepest condolences on the loss of your Mother. I remember her bright smile, her enthusiasm for life, and her never ending generosity, and of course her great faith. She has arrived in Heaven where she is at full strength, and welcomed by the angels of the God she loves so much!
    We wish you the best that God has to offer your lives.

  13. Denise Cole

    14 December 2020 8 months ago

    Dave so very sorry for your family’s loss – always enjoyed talking to your Mom.

  14. Gert and Tom Finnegan

    13 December 2020 8 months ago

    So sorry to learn of your mother’s death, Dave. We never met her, but she obviously raised a beautiful family and we know you all will miss her terribly. May God keep you in His loving arms and give you the strength to bear her loss with the faith that sustained her throughout her life.

  15. Marc Thurston

    13 December 2020 8 months ago

    Mike, Dave and Smith family,
    I wanted to extend my condolences to each of you in regard to the passing of your mom. My memory goes back to art class at Woodcrest Elementary, your Mom always made class fun!

    God Bless – Marc Thurston

  16. Phillips Family

    12 December 2020 8 months ago

    We would like to express our sincere condolences to Pat’s family. You are surrounded by many that pray for your comfort and peace during this difficult time. The stories, we are sure, will be many to share.

    Fondly, Carla, and children Bill, Bob (and Sandy), and Beth

  17. Lori Barrigner

    11 December 2020 8 months ago

    So So sorry for your loss. Your grandmother was a lovely person always very friendly and kind and understanding I enjoyed her as a patron of Shirlene’s for many years. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this hard time, but I also know she had such a fulfilled life and was so very proud of her family. Please give my regards to your Dad and Mom.

    Sincerely : Lori Barringer

  18. Dot Hornsby

    11 December 2020 8 months ago

    What an amazing woman Pat was – so talented and always smiling. She could always ‘roll with the punches’ – I admired her in so many different ways. Peace and sympathy to her beautiful family.

  19. Lori Dzurka

    11 December 2020 8 months ago

    Dear Smith Family

    So sorry to hear your Mom has passed. She was truly a beautiful women, please extend my condolences to Shari as well. I will keep all of you in Prayer durimg this difficult time

  20. Karen Apel (Ware)

    11 December 2020 8 months ago

    Pat was a wonderful woman, full of life and will be missed. She touched my life and everyone’s life she met. Praying for comfort and peace for your family.

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