Catherine W. SMITH
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NEWPORT NEWS - Catherine W. Smith 'Kitty,' 93, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. Born April 17, 1918, to the late James and Rebecca Warthan, she was as a lifelong peninsula resident.
Kitty was a graduate of Newport News High School in 1937, and also a graduate of Newport News Business College. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She retired from First & Merchants National Bank with more than 30 years of service.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, P. Philip Smith; brothers, Eugene and Dick Warthan.
She is survived by sons, Douglas P. Smith of Newport News and David B. Smith (Marcia) of Richmond; grandchildren, Alek (Lesley) and Brad (Mandi) of Richmond, Jeffrey (Michelle) of Newport News, Michael of Menominee, Mich.; four great-grandchildren and several devoted nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may take the form of contributions to First United Methodist Church General Fund, 10246 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Burial in Peninsula Memorial Park will be private.
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Published in Daily Press from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2012.
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January 22, 2012
Dear Dave,
Art and I were so sorry to hear about your mother. She must have been a very special mom to raise such a caring and thoughtful son. We extend our condolences to your family and know that we are thinking of all of you. Love, Marion
Marion Schwieder
January 19, 2012
Linda Jones
January 19, 2012
To the family of Catherine W. Smith:

I send you my deepest condolences in the lose of a great woman, mother, me-maw, aunt, and friend. She will forever be apart of my life. It has been a great honor to get to know her for the last 7 years of her life. I have learned so many things from her over the last few years. One of the most important things in life was her love for her FAMILY. She was always so happy and proud about each and every achievement that anyone in her family achieved, from her sons, down to her grandsons and granddaughters. I just want you to know that she talked about you all the time and she loved you so much.

I would like to thank you for the honor of being apart of her life and being able to take care of her and be with her during the last few days. My life will never be the same without her, but I will always be a better person for having the pleasure to share part of my life with her. And thank you for always welcoming me as part of your family and having trust in me to take care of her as I would anyone that is family. She was my best friend, and my adopted mother and grandmother. She will be deeply and sadly missed. :(

I will always be available if you need anything or any help with anything. You all will always be in my thoughts and prayers. And just know she is at PEACE and was very grateful for a long and happy life. And that was because of each and every one of you who she cherish in her heart so much.

Thank for again! :)
Linda Jones
January 18, 2012
Dear Dave and Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Always remember.... that a Mother's love is forever.
Tom and Ann Tilley
January 18, 2012
I used to work with Kitty years ago. I started out with Ballou & Palmer, then Carpenter Brothers and then Henderson & Phillips. She was such a delight and an unusually nice and fun person. I send my condolences to her family as I know she will be sorely missed. Love, Carolyn "Carol" Moell Marcella
January 14, 2012
David and Doug:
As you well know, Kitty was my second mother, I loved her so much and she cooked the best butter beans on the face of the earth!
I remember numerous vacations with the Smith family at Nags Head, all 4 of us in one room at the Cavalier!
She treated me as a son, and I loved her for that. I will miss her but I am happy to know she is now reunited with Phillip and hopefully cooking those butter beans!
Richard "Yogi" Graves
January 12, 2012
When I was growing up I remember my great aunt Lena Warthan talking about Catherine, Dick's sister. I send my prayers to Catherine's family @ this time.
Judith W. Brett
January 12, 2012
Dear Doug and David,

Just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.

Carolyn Purgold Smoker
January 12, 2012
David, Alek, Brad and Doug,

I keep hearing my father's voice at the dinner table, “Hips and Pneumonia are the friend of the aged!” Not much consolation, but you have to know the two of them are back at the beach, in that trailer enjoying a cocktail and the setting sun. Kitty once told me after a round of golf with Phil, “She was so happy he played well with me.” That's the kind of lady she will always be.

With all my love,
Bob Kretz
January 12, 2012
Doug,David and Family We are so sorry of your loss of your mom. She was a gracious and loving woman.I have alot of good memories.May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Love to all,Valerie Hicks Reavis,Russell,Barbara Hicks,and Freddie Hicks
Valerie Reavis
January 12, 2012
Dave and Doug,

I am thinking about you and your family. My mother and I are sad for your loss.

Jan Minter Montgomery
Jan Montgomery
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