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751 Waverley St
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Patricia Smith

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Patricia Ann Smith

Nov 30, 1930 - Jan 7, 2018

Patricia Ann Smith, at rest at the age of 87. Pat was born in 1930 to Beulah Carstens Garvin and Hubert Sylvestor Garvin in Seattle, Washington. Always an independent spirit, Pat left home after college, working in New York and then in San Francisco, where she met the love of her life, Richard Dunham Smith. They were married in1962 and enjoyed a wonderful 56-year adventure.

Pat dedicated her life to her family and to the community. Her talents were numerous: she was an avid golfer, outstanding gourmet cook and accomplished gardener. She was a stylish and effortless hostess, able to entertain a large party at a moment's notice, typically in support of Dick's entrepreneurial business ventures. Pat was also an active volunteer for many years at the Allied Arts Auxiliary and Gamble Garden.

People were drawn to Pat's graciousness, welcoming spirit and big heart. She was an outstanding listener and helped numerous friends and acquaintances through life's trials and tribulations. To her family, Pat was a treasured wife, adored mother and cherished grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Dick Smith of Palo Alto; daughter, Jeannine Caruso of Greenwich, CT; son-in-law, Victor Caruso of Greenwich, CT; four grandchildren: Joseph Caruso, Alessandra Caruso, Nicholas Caruso and Meredith Knowles, and four great grandchildren.

Pat died peacefully in Palo Alto following a long illness. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, February 24th at 10:00am at Saint Thomas Aquinas church in Palo Alto.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to the Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 2018
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