Wardine (Tatham) SMITH

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SMITH, Wardine (Tatham) (Age 88) Wardine Tatham Smith, 88, died December 30, 2018 after a lengthy illness. Friends and family will long remember her with deep affection, for she was a woman whose presence kindled the spirits of everyone who had the joy of knowing her and her zest for living. Wardine was born in Cashmere, WA, grew up on hardscrabble family orchards in the Wenatchee valley, and attended local schools, including WSU. She married her high school sweetheart D. Keith Tatham. Within a dozen years, she and Keith were parents of five, and he had established his first enterprise, Pullman Travel Service. Scrapbooks she later made of those years show never a dull moment or ever a free moment of any kind. The family moved to Spokane in 1959, and Keith started Educational Travel Company, later known as International Ambassador Programs, which developed professional and student travel programs for People to People, an initiative of the Eisenhower Administration for advancement of peace through travel. Wardine caught the travel bug, and she rounded the globe, relishing the challenges of visits to places not yet fully networked into the business of tourism, though she did say that cabbage soup twice daily wasn't her best memory of the Soviet Union. Keith died in 1993. Wardine suffered the untimely loss of three adult sons Christopher, Steven, and Johnand a grandson also named Keith. Wardine was a Guinness Records level grandma to eight. Her skills included spending the night with as many as four at a time in a tiny tree house, assuring the grandchildren that she would defend them from local raccoons with her broom. She was never daunted, taking changes of life as she took changes of seasons in her beloved garden. She made a happy late-life marriage to Karl Smith, who survives her after many years of shared adventures and then his tireless caregiving duties. Wardine is also survived by her daughter Trudy Tatham and son Mark Tatham, both of Spokane; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law Warren and Bonnie Smith of Colfax, and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Wardine's life will be scheduled later. The family suggests that memorials be made to Hospice of Spokane or the .
Published in Spokesman-Review from Jan. 9 to Jan. 13, 2019
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