Patricia M. Smith January 15, 1918 – May 26, 2013 Patricia Melvin "Patty" Smith died May 26, 2013, at Aspen Ridge, where she was also cared for by Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado in Grand Junction. Born in Bakersfield, California on January 15, 1918, she was 95. Patty completed her elementary and secondary education in Bakersfield and also attended the University of Santa Clara and San Francisco State University. During World War II
, she served her country in the home front by working in business in the San Francisco Bay Area. The family business, Hopper Machine Works, produced oil field service equipment that was important to the war effort as well. She married Dr. Paul Smith on April 21, 1945, in Bakersfield, California, following his return from service with the US Army Medical Corps in the Pacific Theater. After Dr. Smith completed an internal medicine course at the University of Minnesota
and an internal medicine residency in St. Louis, Missouri, the couple relocated to Grand Junction in 1948, where Patty raised her family and was involved in many local civic and charitable activities for several decades. She was active in the Women's Auxiliary of the Mesa County Medical Society, tried her hand at golf at the Bookcliff Country Club and enjoyed her family, travel, reading, gardening, bridge, square dancing, the arts and music. Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Francis Ambrosis Hopper and Ella Melvin Hopper, and her stepmother, Emma Hopper, all late of Bakersfield, California, and her brothers, Francis Hopper and Donald Hopper, both late of Bakersfield, California, and her husband, Dr. Paul Smith, late of Grand Junction. She is survived by her son, Gregory Smith of Denver, Colorado; her son, Gary Smith of Billings, Montana; her daughter, Sandy Smith of Denver, Colorado; her grandson, Patrick Smith of Denver, Colorado, and her nephew, David Bleyhl of Davis, California. A memorial service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, 2515 F Road, Grand Junction, Colorado 81505. There will be a reception at the same location following the memorial service. A private interment ceremony for family members only will occur at Memorial Gardens, 2970 North Avenue Grand Junction, Colorado, 81504, thereafter. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090 North 12th Street, Unit B, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506, the Alzheimer's Foundation, 455 Sherman Street, Suite 500, Denver, Colorado 80203, St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1628, Grand Junction, Colorado 81502, the G. Paul Smith, MD and Patricia M. Smith Scholarship Fund at The Colorado College, Development Office, 14 East Cache La Poudre St. Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903 or to the charity of the giver's choice.