Catherine B. SMITH

July 11, 1959April 3, 2021

Catherine Barry Smith, 61, of Marietta, GA passed away on April 3, 2021. She was born in New York in 1959 to Dr. Richard Barry and Harriet Barry. Growing up, Catherine, known as Cathy, embraced all things life had to offer despite living with a chronic illness that might hold most back. She enjoyed camping with her family in Canada, traveling throughout the U.S., and sail boating in the Mystic, CT Seaport, where she grew up. Catherine graduated from Wheelock College in Boston, MA with a degree in Early Childhood Education. A creative and engaging teacher who was passionate about children, she was first employed by the Houston Independent School System in Houston, TX and later the Central Square School District in Central Square, NY. Although Catherine encountered many health battles throughout her life, she lived with her motto of having an “attitude of gratitude” and soaked up everything life had to offer. A lover of dogs, she volunteered with Canine Assistants; and loved spending time with her dogs Bailey and Rangeley, cross stitching, traveling, and being on the boat with her friends and family in her second home of Ocean Springs, MS. Catherine was a kind and gentle soul who was always willing to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. A holiday, birthday, celebration, or hardship wouldn’t go by without a hand-written card from her, or a phone call just to say she loved you. The other motto she lived by, which she so appropriately had inscribed in ink on her left arm, was “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” Catherine is survived by her husband of 37 years, Scott Alan Smith, of Marietta GA; her daughter, Laura Smith Long (Cameron), of Raleigh, NC; her brother Peter Barry (Amy), of Pisgah Forest, NC; and her mother, Harriet Barry, of Arden, NC. She also leaves behind her nephews, Will and Jamie Barry; her niece, Julia Barry; and cousins, Katherine and Alexander Cooley. A celebration of life will be held at a later date this year. Donations in her honor would be welcomed by Canine Assistants at or 3160 Francis Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30004; or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at or PO Box 3790, Boone, Iowa 50037 (donation form and check only).


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Catherine B. SMITH

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Doris Creasy

April 9, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Scott, Laura and the rest of the family! We will truly miss our times together when we would get together sharing a meal and talking of the fun times. We were just thinking the other day that maybe be could get together soon. The memories of the Atlanta races, Christmas parties at Ford and Hyundai . We will forever keep you in our hearts, your smile and laughs! Praying for Scott , Laura and the family!

Teri McCormick

April 9, 2021

Scott, Laura, and family,

We are deeply saddened to learn of Cathy's passing and can't imagine how difficult this is for you. Our hearts go out to you .
With love,

Jack & Teri McCormick

Diane Jorkasky MD

April 9, 2021

Catherine will always be in my heart as will her entire family. I will never forget the first day I met her 33 years ago. She wanted to have a baby, even though she understood that it might lead to accelerated loss of her kidney function. She had Laura and I so valued getting pictures of her every year at Christmas as she grew. Dogs were generally in the pictures as well. Peter courageously donated a kidney and gave her a new lease on life, and few of us are so blessed to have as supportive a spouse as Scott. I always remember Catherine's upbeat attitude and resolute acceptance to deal with the medical situations she faced. Her loss is very sad. I feel so very blessed to have been a part of her life. My deepest sympathies go out to Scott and Laura, and her mom, Harriet, and to all the puppies who may never have Catherine as their "dog-mom."

Peggy Fallon

April 8, 2021

Scott and Laura, I just learned about Cathy. What a dear woman. She volunteered at St. David's Preschool and was a ray of sunshine to the children and brought joy to anyone she encountered. She had a quiet and quick wit, loved a good laugh, and truly recognized the blessing of her family (including the dogs!). Her obituary was lovely. I will join countless others to pray over your family.

Jacquie Tracy

April 8, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of this lovely lady’s passing. She was one of my daughters first preschool teachers in the 3s program at St. David’s Preschool in Roswell. My daughter is now 20! Please know my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Martha Watts Prestley

April 8, 2021

I am saddened to learn of Cathy’s passing. She and your family lived downhill from us in Mystic. She was a good friend to my sister, Holly Watts, and to me during our years attending the Williams School. I was always glad to know about her adult life, as she reveled in her family, both human and canine. My condolences go out to you and to your family and to all who loved her. May happy memories bring you solace always.

Phoebe Robinson-Foley

April 8, 2021

Cathy's gentle loving soul became tucked into mine in the first grade. We quickly became kindred sisters. Two of our most cherished daughters became our godchildren. Just two days apart in age, we celebrated many birthdays together. Now Cathy's tucked into the peaceful heavens. She's a twinkling star in the evening sky. God bless you my dearest friend.

Paul Mayne

April 8, 2021

Wow, we surely do miss Cathy Smith and her daily walks around the block with Bailey & Rangeley. This all happened so very quickly and still unreal that she departed so soon. She held the neighborhood Mardi Gras parties each year with gumbo and treats from New Orleans and a great crowd of friends who brought extra food and drinks. Even during the pandemic when we had lockdown due to Covid-19, Scott and Cathy would sit in their driveway at Happy Hour and Karen & I would sit across the street in our driveway to have social distancing, but still able to have our happy hour drinks. Later, we'd move the event to the Smiths' back deck or our lower deck. Love & Peace - Paul

Susan Smith

April 6, 2021

Cathy, I remember your input into the BHGC and you and I working on the front entrance. Know I pray for Scott and your family. Against tough odds, you did remarkably well. You are in my prayers for peace and rest. God Bless you and your family.