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Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home

645 West Central Ave, Winter Haven, FL

OBITUARY

Kathleen J Smith

August 1, 1953December 29, 2019

Kathleen Joan Smith of Lake Alfred, Florida, passed away on December 29, 2019.

Kathy was born the youngest of seven children on August 1, 1953, in Martins Ferry, Ohio. She attended St. John Central High School in Bellaire, Ohio, the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing in Wheeling, West Virginia, and Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She worked for more than 40 years as a Registered Nurse – first at the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, and, after moving to Florida, at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida. When not working, she enjoyed spending time with her family and cheering on her beloved Ohio State Buckeyes.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Mary, and her brothers, William, James and Leo. She is survived by her brother Donald (Debra) Smith of Lake Alfred, Florida, and her sisters, Patricia (Charles) Link of Bellaire, Ohio, and Mary Ann (Robert) Fowler of Martins Ferry, Ohio, as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Kathy’s family requests that donations be made in her memory to The Dale Jr. Foundation at www.thedalejrfoundation.org/donate, to help support their work with underprivileged youth.

Kathy will be interred at Mt. Cavalry Cemetery in Bellaire, Ohio.

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Peggy Carpino

January 4, 2020

I have many fond memories of working with Kathy in EMSTAR. The world has lost an amazing nurse and a truly great person. May you fly high Kathy.

Nancy Wlodarczak

January 4, 2020

Kathy was a wonderful nurse and mentor.She will be greatly missed.Our deepest sympathy to her family.

Denise (Winkler)Gates

January 3, 2020

Saddened to hear of the death of Kathy-we worked together for several years both in SCU and EMSTAR. Kathy had an enthusiasm for giving the best care possible at all times. Through our years together, we sure shared laughs, tears, and times of being like family to one another. May memories comfort all of you in the days ahead.

Bruce Fowler

January 3, 2020

I have always found it hard to call Kathy, Aunt Kathy , since she is only a few years older. A lot of great memories at Grandma's house, fishing and family reunions. Too many pass before their time on this earth and I pray they have Pepsi in Heaven. Love Bruce & Terrie

Susan Gasner

January 3, 2020

Kathy was a consummate professional & an “old school” common sense nurse. I worked with Kathy at Winter Haven Hospital for many years . She will be missed and remembered by many.

Barb Clough

January 3, 2020

Kathy was a great mentor to me when I was a “new grad” in the ICU at Ohio Valley Medical Center. She had a smile that would light up a room. I thought of her often after her move south. God bless her and her family and may she Rest In Peace.

Michelle Cottrill -Robinson

January 3, 2020

Kathy was not only a very dear friend to my mom but to our entire family. I have many fond memories growing up and spending time with Kathy , Darbie, Christopher and Brady over the years. She was truly loved and will certainly be missed.

Barbara LaRue

January 3, 2020

Kathy was a good nurse and also a good friend. I knew her from OVGH School of Nursing, I know she had a great career. I am sad to hear she has passed. May she Rest In Peace.

Deborah Link

January 3, 2020

What can I say? I loved my aunt dearly. She use to take us kids swimming and on adventures. She had an amazing sense of humor and a lot of sass in a warm way and I would like to think I got mine from her. I know my departed father and her are both up in heaven giving each other some. Love you so much you beautiful lady who helped teach me family is always first. Tell everyone up there “hi!” from me. ❤️

Charlene Hall

January 3, 2020

I graduated from OVGH Nursing School with Kathy and worked with her in the ICU and also the Emergency Dept. she was an excellent nurse, able to multi/task and shift gears at a moment’s notice-all attributes of a critical care/ED nurse. She was kind to patients & loved her family. My deepest sympathy and prayers for comfort & strength for all of you and may Kathy Rest In Peace. She was an angel on earth so I’m positive she’s an angel in heaven.

Charlene Hall