Patricia “Patti” Ann (Straughn) Smith, 89, of Benwood, WV, passed away on Monday, February 7, 2022 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling.
She was born New Year’s Day, 1933 in McMechen WV, daughter of the late Richard and Sara Ellen (Porter) Straughn.
Patricia graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy, in 1951, and was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, where she worked as a priest’s assistant, starting with her friend, Father Ron.
She loved many things in her lifetime including: bingo, pinochle, clowns, Benwood, Post Office memorabilia (as a nod to her Postmaster husband, Jim), Norman Rockwell, Picasso, painting ceramics, Coleman’s fish and her eyes lit up at the mention of ice cream.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jim” W. Smith Jr., son, Kevin Patrick Smith, infant son, James, two brothers, Richard “Dick” Straughn and Charles “Mike” Straughn and her favorite dog, Data.
Surviving are her two children, Brenda Jo (David) Chapman of Poquoson, VA and Brian Joseph (Lisa Ann) Smith of Richmond, VT; 8 grandchildren, Alex, William, Samantha Chapman and Jennifer, Robert, Christopher, Danielle, Timothy Scanlon and two great grandchildren, Joshua Murray and Finley Scanlon and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Patricia will be interred at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with a graveside service to be held at a later date, which will be announced by her family when details are finalized.