Katharine Virginia Rice Smith passed away peacefully September 10, 2018 at the age of 80, in her beloved home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Surviving are her daughters Lisa Walker (Mike) Marina Collier (Scott Pierson); grandchildren Amy Wood (Wesley) Brad Walker (Stephanie); great grandchildren Jacob, Jorja, Jackson and Hudson; brothers Robbie and Jim Smith, chosen daughter Patty/Rashmi Cole, her boys, James and Gary; and her best dog friend, Blink. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Arlette Collier; and parents, Elizabeth RB Smith and Paul Kenneth Smith.
Katherine was a graduate of UCLA earning her Ph.D. of Philosophy in Psychology. She practiced in California for many years and moved to Charleston, SC. She worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice for 11 years before she retired, and moved to her adored town of Tryon, NC.
She was active in local politics, community affairs, a huge supporter of the arts and music; she was especially proud of the time she spent towards the Nina Simone Plaza project. She was an accomplished painter, enjoyed designing jewelry and visiting the Lanier Library (she always had a book on hand); but her most precious moments were spent with her wonderful friends.
A memorial service will be held in Tryon at a later date. Details will be announced.