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Katherine Smith McRoy, 90, of McLeansboro, passed away 10:30 p.m. Monday, June 26, 2017, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.
Visitation was held 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Ten Mile Baptist Church in McLeansboro.
Funeral service was held at 12 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Ten Mile Church in McLeansboro with Pastor Jacob Gray officiating. Burial was at Ten Mile Cemetery in McLeansboro.
She was born Dec. 20, 1926, in McLeansboro, the daughter of Giles L. Gibbs and Alma L. (Wright) Gibbs. She married George W. Smith on April 20, 1948, in Mt. Vernon; he preceded her in death Jan. 17, 1979. She married Donald L. McRoy on March 25, 2000. in McLeansboro.
She was a homemaker and member of Ten Mile Baptist Church in McLeansboro. Katherine was active in all aspects of Ten Mile Church, serving as their pianist for many years. She was a librarian at McCoy Library for many years, coordinator of Hamilton County Kitchen Band and president of local AARP and was employed by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois. She and her husband volunteered as readers at East Side Elementary.
She is survived by her husband, Donald L. McRoy of McLeansboro; son, Dennis L. Smith and wife Judy of McLeansboro; two stepsons, Tim McRoy and wife Julie of Harrisburg and Shawn McRoy and wife Jennifer of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren, Laura Fox of McLeansboro and Jeremy Smith and wife Elizabeth of Macedonia; five stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren, Samantha Lindsay, Samantha Rae Smith, Robert Alfred Smith and Miranda Grace Dennis; two great-great-grandchildren, Madison Nicole Lindsay and Connor Mathew Lindsay; sister-in-law, Rosemary Gibbs of Portage, Wis.; and several nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; son, Darrel Smith and wife Patti; daughter, Debra Susan Smith; and brothers, Clyde, John H., Merril, Walter, Kenneth, Ivan, Byford, Glenn and Dean.
Memorials may be made to Carmi Baptist Children's Home, Ten Mile Church or Nat'l. Parkinson's Research Foundation.
Harre Fuenral Home, McLeansboro, is in charge of all arrangements.
Published on July 13, 2017
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