Obituary of Patricia Ruth Smith
It is with a heavy heart and an outpouring of love we announce the passing of our beloved Patricia "Patsy" Smith. Patsy was called home to our Lord Father on the evening of Tuesday, November 28, 2017. She was surrounded by her loved ones and devoted husband, Deacon Jerry "Binky" Smith. Patsy was born on Thursday, October 3, 1935 in Linden, Florida to Pauline and J.L. Branch. Patsy grew up with her beloved siblings, Norma, Cherry, Jimmy, Larry, and Joanne. She and Deacon Jerry "Binky" Smith wed February 4, 1956. They raised four beautiful children, Michael, Gregory, Kellee, and Bo in DeLand, Florida. Patsy was a nurturing, guiding light to her children, grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews throughout the years. She provided a loving home for both family and friends with open arms to anyone in need. Patsy was an active member of Saint Peter Catholic Church and was devoted to God. Patsy was an excellent cook best known for her mashed potatoes and German chocolate cake, and enjoyed perusing cooking magazines, recipe books, and various culinary TV programs. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and ventured to Crescent Beach annually to celebrate with her high school girlfriends. Patsy graduated from Leesburg High school and Florida State University. She played the clarinet in the Florida State marching band. Jerry and Patsy moved to numerous cities throughout Florida and Georgia while Jerry pursued his career with the FAA. Patsy was a realtor and broker and started Prestige Property Specialists with her husband Jerry in 1988. The family business is carried on by her daughter, Kellee Smith. Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, Pauline and Buddy Branch; sister Norma Doyle; brother,s Cherry and Larry Branch; and sons, Ryan "Bo" and Gregory Smith. Patsy is survived by her husband Deacon Jerry Smith (DeLand, FL); son, Michael (Jennifer) Smith (Deltona, FL); daughter, Kellee Smith (DeLand); Daughter-In-Law, Terri Smith (Brooksville, FL); grandchildren, Danielle (Jason) Lefebre (DeLand, FL), Erin Smith (Scottsdale, AZ), Christa and Catrina Smith (Savannah, GA), Cory (Ereca) Smith (DeLand, FL), Trey Holland (Marietta, GA), Anslee Holland (DeLand, FL), Scott and Austin Taylor (Deltona, FL); Great Grandchildren, Finnegan and Rowan Lefebre (DeLand, FL), Logan and Kairi Wise (Savannah, GA); as well as numerous loved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Patsy will forever be cherished by her family and friends for her loving heart, infectious laugh, and beautiful soul. She is most remembered for loving and teaching others how to truly love. Wake and funeral services will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 6-8pm and a Mass of Christian burial on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:30am. Lankford Funeral Home is in charge of the services. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Saint Peter Family Life Center, 359 West New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32720 in her memory.