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Kathryn M. Smith

Birth Date: November 16, 1927
Death Date: May 17, 2017

Decatur-Kathryn M. Smith, 89, of Decatur, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in McKinley Court.

Kathryn was born November 16, 1927 in Decatur, Illinois, the daughter of Lester and Monica (Helregel) Meers. She was a devoted homemaker and member of St. James Catholic Church. Kathryn enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She married Walter C. Smith May 31, 1948 in Decatur. He preceded her in death April 23, 1992.

Kathryn is survived by her sons Thomas E. Smith of Decatur and Stephen E. Smith and wife Ronda of Forsyth, Kelli Runyon and husband Craig, Stefanie Hopkins and husband Matthew, and Thaddeus Smith, and great-granddaughter Amelia Hopkins.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, and one sister.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff with McKinley Court and DMH Hospice and Father John Burnette for their loving care, prayers, and support.

Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Kathryn’s life will be 11:00 AM Monday, May 22, 2017 in St. James Catholic Church, 742 East Clay Street Decatur, with Rev. John Burnette celebrant. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 PM Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. James Catholic Church.

The family of Kathryn M. Smith is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

May 21, 2017
4:00 pm
- 6:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Mass of Christian Burial
May 22, 2017
11:00 am
St James Catholic Church
742 E. Clay Decatur, IL 62521
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Visitation prior to ceremony
May 22, 2017
10:00 am
- 11:00 am
St James Catholic Church
742 E. Clay Decatur, IL 62521
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