Martha Violet Smith (1934 - 2018)

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Martha Violet Smith, 83, of Bardstown, passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Flaget Memorial Hospital. Violet was a loving wife, devoted mother, treasured grandmother and great-grandmother. She was born Nov. 1, 1934, in Fredericktown, to the late William Chester and Eliza Diana Thompson Taylor.? She was a devoted homemaker and a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she served on the bereavement committee and was a member of the Altar Society.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Rapier Smith; two sisters, Mary Boone and Carol Taylor; and two brothers, Frank Taylor and William Chester "Buddy" Taylor.?Survivors include five daughters, Sylvia (Stephen) Hamilton, Kathryn Stocker "Katy" (Dean) Watts, Mary Virginia "Ginny" (Roger) Carey, Margie (Jimmy) Downs, Amy (Jeremy) Janes; two sons, Charles Rapier "Chuck" (Gloria) Smith and Francis Richard "Frank" (Dee Dee) Smith, all of Bardstown; four sisters, Catherine Clements, of Springfield, Eleanor Rapier, of Bardstown, Sister Mary Diane Ursuline Sister, of Mount St. Joseph, Maple Mount, and Judy (Steve) Thompson, of Loretto; a brother, Tom (Tippy) Taylor, of Bardstown; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lee Taylor, of California and Joyce Taylor, of Georgetown; 15 grandchildren, Thomas (Kelsie) Hamilton, Margaret Hamilton (Brantley) Kilgore, Lee Marie (Ryan) Guenther, Madeline Watts, Patrick (Anne) Carey, Alex (Jordan) Carey, Charles (Maggie) Smith, Lesley Smith, Violet Downs, Harry Downs, Ellie Downs, Eliza Downs, Zachary Janes, Emma Janes, Taylor Janes and nine great-grandchildren, Addie Smith, Charlie Smith, Patrick Carey Jr., Christian Carey, Alexander Carey, Lilly Claire Hamilton, Graham Gunther, Teddy Kilgore and Jack Kilgore.
The family would like to thank Mrs. Smith's caregivers who provided such special care to her, Genny Lovingood, Stella Turley, Debbie Studdard, Dorotha Traynor and Karen Dean.
A Mass of Christian burial is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral. The Rev. Terry Bradshaw will celebrate with the Rev. Joseph Batcheldor as the con-celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Houghlin-Greenwell Funeral Home with a prayer service Tuesday evening and 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10.
The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contribution to the Home of the Innocents, 1100 East Market Street Louisville, KY 40206 or
Houghlin-Greenwell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gentle mother, peaceful light, teach us wisdom, teach us love.
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1475 New Shepherdsville Road
Bardstown, KY 40004
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Published in The Kentucky Standard on Jan. 10, 2018
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