Patricia H. Smith


¬There are no formal services planned for Patricia H. Smith, 76, Lawrence.  She died September 9, 2010 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born on May 6, 1934 in Lawrence, KS, the daughter of John James and Hazel Blanche Harrison Riling.

She was a 1952 graduate of Liberty Memorial High School, Lawrence, KS.  She attended the University of Kansas for three years.

Mrs. Smith worked for the University of Kansas in the Department of Entomology.   She also worked for McDonald Beverages.  She later worked part-time for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital. 

She enjoyed 17 years as a winter Texan where she put on shows, skits, and musicals for the resort.  She played the piano for church and plays.  She also loved Canadian fishing trips and loved music, crafts, golf, and dancing. 

She belonged to Sweet Adelines, American Business Women’s Association.  She was a member of and a past president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary Branch 177.   She also volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Smith was married to Lester D. Smith on December 29, 1957 in Olathe, Kansas.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include, two sons, Steve Gillum, Lawrence, KS, and Jim, and wife, Debby Smith, Lawrence; one daughter, Deanna, and husband, John Dibble, Lawrence, KS; five grandchildren, Patricia Morris, Boise, ID, Marcie, and husband, Ted Wainright, Lawrence, Megan Smith, Lawrence, Dustin  Gillum, Aron Gillum, both of CA; two great grandchildren, Bronson Cunningham, Lawrence, KS, Violet Bublitz, Boise, ID; She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John J. Riling, and Eugene C. Riling; a son, Scott D. Gillum;  and granddaughter, Madison J. Smith.

The family will receive friends from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials in her name to the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of mortuary.


3 Condolences

  1. Karen Franklin on September 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Think of you With Sympathy
    In times of sorrow,
    When words of comfort
    Are needed most,
    It seems they are
    Most difficult to say.
    But may you find comfort
    In knowing that warm thoughts and sympathy
    are with you.

    I often think about the summer, I lived with your fun family in Lawrence.
    Karen and Don Franklin
    Homosassa, Florida

  2. Greg L. Simms on September 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

    “Ms.Pat”…Wow! What a wonderful lady! I will miss you. God Bless you and your family.
    The “Bud Guys” enjoyed our time working with you.

    GLS/Bud Man!

  3. Jean McNamara on July 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I am so sorry to discover my long time email Riling/Reiling friend & cousin passed away. My best to Pat’s family — I would love to hear from you & continue sharing & comparing our early family information.

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