Patsy Ann Smith
October 29, 1934 – January 8, 2020
Patsy Ann Smith was called home with family by her side while being cared for at Hospice of the Panhandle Inpatient Facility on January 8, 2020, after a four year battle with cancer. Born October 29, 1934, Patsy was the second daughter of Andy Russell Connolly and Virginia Mae Connolly. She graduated from Weston High School and the attended Glenville State College, to become a teacher. While in college she met and married James C. Smith and began their family. Her first teaching position with the Kanawha County School system began the fall of 1956 and was in a two-room school house, teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade children together. Patsy taught 1st grade the next eight years while working on her Bachelor’s Degree and graduated from Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) in 1965. During those years she taught 1st grade at Frame Elementary and then at Elkview Elementary in Kanawha County. She continued her education and completed her Master’s Degree and obtained a Principalship Certificate. In the fall of 1972 her husband's job brought the family to Berkeley County where she continued her career as a 1st grade teacher at Gerrardstown Elementary. In February 1979 Patsy and Jim returned to Kanawha County where she worked as a substitute teacher until returning to Frame Elementary as Principal. After retirement they returned to Berkeley County where their children & grandchildren were. Patsy was proud to be part of several groups with many special friends: Norwalk Antique Car Club, Berkeley County Retired Educators Assoc., The "Quilting Bee" that met at Bedington Church and the "Piecemakers Quilting Guild". She attended the 1st Presbyterian Church Martinsburg and served in many positions through the years. She is survived by the following family: Son, Bill Smith; his two sons, Andy & Jimmy Smith & his one grandson, Thor; Daughter, Sherry Campbell, Son-In-Law, Danny and their Children & families; Kenny & Tabi Campbell & their son, Brody; Joshua Campbell, and Elizabeth & Rodney Jenkins & their daughters, Amelia, Rivers & Rain. Her older sister, Betty Bond, several brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law as well as many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her younger sister, Lucy Stewart and her husband. Visitation, the service & internment will be at Rosedale Funeral Home at 917 Cemetery Road, Martinsburg. Viewing will be on Friday evening, January 10th from 6-8 PM and 1 hour before the service at 10 AM on Saturday, Jan. 11th. The service will be officiated by her son-in-law, Pastor Dan Campbell. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be given towards a Berkeley Co. Schools Retired Educators Scholarship, named in honor of the many years of care and service of both Jim & Patsy Smith, Gideon’s International and Hospice of the Panhandle. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all the cards, calls & visits in these last 3 months
- Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
- Visitation Saturday, January 11, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
- Interment Saturday, January 11, 2020
Patsy Ann Smith
January 10, 2020
Bill and I are so very sorry to hear of the death of Patsy. She was a dear lady and a person who was very special to the community. We will hold the entire family in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. She fought the good fight and now has earned her rest.
January 10, 2020
So sorry for your loss. She will be missed. Just remember that she is no longer in pain. God has gained another angel.
January 10, 2020
Bill and Sherry Ann,
I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. Aunt Patsy was a very special person and had a very special place in my heart! She and your dad were both kind, loving people and I am sure many will miss them. You both can be comforted that not only are your mom and dad reunited, but Mamaw and Lucy and a host of others were there to greet her. Even though I haven’t been a part of the family for many years, I have always felt as they were always my Aunt Patsy and Uncle Jim. Prayers for you and your families as you say your goodbyes tomorrow. With love, Cheryl (Stewart) Bramble
January 9, 2020
A poem in honor of Patsy's Quilting Interest
A Legacy of Stitches
Patsy Smith 1934-2010
A Legacy of Stitches is what we leave behind;
the imprint of our very soul that lasts beyond our time.
The heart that quilts knows, oh, so well the peace that can be found,
as needle meets with fabric, for there is no sweeter sound.
Whether quiet piecing done by hand or on our sewing machine,
there’s rhythm to our stitches as we sew along each seam.
Those stitches tell the story of our lives as they unfold
as we think of quilts that Grandma made with stories left untold.
The humdrum of our daily lives grows elegant and grand,
when we start to cut the pieces, then stitch the fabric in our hands.
And whatever is the reason for the quilts we piece and sew,
and whoever is the maker, there is one thing that we know.
Each quilt is full of memories, and is a treasured thing.
If quilts could talk, imagine how some quilts would surely sing!
For some quilts are sewn in happy times and others when we’re sad,
and some are sewn in laughter and others when we’re mad.
Some are sewn to warm us, and some sewn just for fun,
and some are “works in progress” that never quite get done!
Some quilts are sewn for beauty, a quilt made just for “show”,
but the heart of the true quilter is the one who really knows~
That no matter how the quilt is stitched, we leave our mark in time.
This Legacy of Stitches is what we leave behind.