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Betsy C. Smith, 88, the widow of George Lee Smith, died peacefully Tuesday evening, May 16, 2017.
Born in Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Betsy Harber Igo and James Cloud Carr. A graduate of Model High School, she attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Masters of Sciences Degree and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Alpha Delta Kappa. She was a retired teacher having taught for 18 years at White Hall Elementary School and also worked part-time in the Education Department at EKU for 12 years. In 1987 she was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.
A member of the First Presbyterian Church since April 6, 1941, she served three terms as an Elder and taught the Children's Choir. In addition, she started the first handbell choir in Madison County.
She is survived by: two children, G. Lee Smith of Richmond and Betsy Smith Deffley (Tim) of South Windsor, Conn.; three grandchildren, Timothy, Michael and Elizabeth Deffley; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amelia Ann Smith, and her brother, Richard Igo Carr.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m.. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at The First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Curtis Christian officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be: Walt Park, Danny Turner, Mike Brandenburg, Ben Cormney, John Green, Timothy Deffley, Michael Deffley and Evan McCord.
Honorary Pallbearers will be any former choiresters and bell ringers.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregivers, Linda Nevius, Kathy Harrison and Bonnie Burns.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Program of The First Presbyterian Church, P.O.  Box 165, Richmond, Kentucky 40476
Published on May 17, 2017
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