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Katherine Kay Sanson Smith

Posted By Hall-Wynne On April 6, 2014 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Katherine Kay Sanson Smith died at the age of 91 on April 6, 2014. Kay was the wife of the late Billy Cevus Smith, attorney, of Pittsboro, North Carolina. Born in Atoka, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of David Alexander Sanson and Bertha Jorndt Sanson. After her father died, her mother married Harry John Reynolds.

Kay moved to Gulf Breeze, Florida in 2004 to live with her son, Don, and his wife, Karen. Although in her later years, she attended Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze, she retained her membership in the Pittsboro United Methodist Church.

Kay attended college in San Diego, California and worked as an office manager for her husband and for McNeill and Roberts Building Supply in Pittsboro for many years. She was an active member of her church. A member of a U.S. Coast Guard family while growing up, she was the first woman to join the Coast Guard from the Mobile, Alabama area during WWII. She served as a switch board operator, attaining the rank of petty officer during the war.

Surviving are her children, Don Smith and his wife, Karen, of Gulf Breeze, Florida; Joanne Ryan and her husband, Dan, of Jupiter, Florida; her nephew Andrew Branch who lived with the family throughout high school and college; her sister Joan Wolfe of Charlotte, North Carolina; her sister Barbara Clark of Houston, Texas; her grandchildren, Henry Smith of Las Vegas, Nevada; Chad Ryan of Tallahassee, Florida; Cameron Ryan of Denver, Colorado; and Chris Ryan of Los Angeles, California; and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters Mary Hendricks, Margie Devinney, and Shirley Sanson.

Kay will best be remembered as a very compassionate, nurturing person. She cared for those who were sick, unhappy, or just needed help. She was a wonderful mother and a very good friend.

A visitation will be held from 6-8:00PM, Friday April 11, 2014 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Pittsboro, NC. A funeral will be held 11:00AM Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Pittsboro United Methodist Church in Pittsboro, NC. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to Covenant Hospice, 5041 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, Fl. 32504.


Condolences for the family of “Katherine Kay Sanson Smith”

Condolence from Rev Frank J.& Karen Cartee on April 8th, 2014 12:00 am

Don KarenJoanneDan and Grandson’s We are so sorry for your loss.Which is also our loss.Your Mother and our Aunt was a great lady.We were so proud to call her Aunt.Mama & Aunt Kay were so close.They were a joy to us all.After she left for Fl.I only seen her a few times.She was always in my heart and prayers.Mama & Aunt Kay were Sister’s,but more then that they were best friends.They missed each other so much.They are now together forever.Love you all. Karen & Frank

Condolence from Judy Thorpe on May 13th, 2014 12:00 am

When our loved one dies, we need comfort in our time of grief. It is of much comfort, to me, to think of a time we will be transformed into a new body, no more pain, no more sickness, no more death, Rev. 21: 3,4 . What a grand hope we have been given.

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