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KATHLEEN SMITH Kathleen Carroll Smith, our beloved Mother and Nana, passed away April 9, 2009. Born Oct. 26, 1926, to Frank and Ellen Carroll, her family came to the U.S. from Ireland, and Kathleen grew up in Hyannis, Mass., and Battle Creek, Mich. After her father's passing in 1941, she and her family moved to New Jersey. She was extremely intelligent and brilliant with numbers and earned her degree at Seton Hall. She chose a career in bookkeeping and accounting. Kathleen married in 1963, and gave birth to her two daughters. Their family moved to Las Vegas in 1972. She was divorced in 1973. As a single mom, Kathleen worked so hard, sometimes two and three jobs to ensure her girls the best Catholic school education, as well as all the "girl necessities." Above all, she made sure her daughters knew they were loved and cherished. With her quick wit and Irish temper, you always knew where you stood with this Lady. Kathleen is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Madsen (Jack Houghton) and Kelly Ann Smith-Gray; grandchildren, Shannon, Aidan, Trystan Madsen-Houghton, Brendan Smith, Christina, Kaitlin, Brianna and Sean Gray. A Vigil will be 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, both at Christ the King Catholic Community Church, 4925 S. Torrey Pines Drive.
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