Katherine Wayne Smith Duffy (Kay), 84, born Oct. 29, 1929 (the day the stock market crashed) in West Pittston, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit in Dunmore.
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Kay lived in Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre for 63 years.
Kay is survived by her husband of 65 years, John Duffy. In addition to her husband, surviving her are four children, attorney Tom, Chicago, Ill.; Big Brothers Big Sisters Delaware retired executive director Joe, Rehoboth Beach, Del.; Rear Admiral/Judge Jim, Alexandria, Va.; and nurse educator Tracy, Downingtown; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Kay is preceded in death by daughter, Linda Ann, Brother Jack, parents Ann and John Smith, West Pittston.
Kay was an active member of St. Benedict's Church in Parsons (formerly St Dominic's). She retired from the United Penn Bank as a banker after a successful career as a stay at home mom, raising her surviving four children. Prior to working at the United Penn Bank, she worked at Robert Hall and the Dan Flood School as a teachers' aide. After retirement, she volunteered at General Hospital.
John and Kay loved vacations and traveling. They had been to both shores of this great country and all in between. They also were abroad including Canada, Mexico, London, Paris, Rome and Notre Dame.
John and Kay were very happy to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their entire family in New York City, with a Mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral celebrated by Cardinal O'Connor saying the homily which was one of his last. They enjoyed the Great Lakes, and they spent 2 weeks on Kay's brother's boat. Nothing compares to Harveys Lake when their kids were young and frisky. It has been a blessed, joyful and very magnificent life!
She passed away after a long illness at home. Prior to entering hospice, she was cared for by Dr. Kevin Carey. Her family is grateful for her excellent care. Hospice of the Sacred Heart provided comprehensive caring. The family is eternally grateful for the tireless and loving care provided by the nurses and staff of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart. Kay's family wishes to thank the Hospice of the Sacred Heart caregivers who tirelessly cared for Kay's physical, emotional and spiritual needs for six months. Kay's last months were enhanced by the professional caring devoted staff who allowed her to spend her last months at home with impeccable care.
The funeral will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. from E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict's Church. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Suite 7, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.eblakecollins.com.
E. Blake Collins Funeral Home
159 George Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice on Aug. 23, 2014