The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2024

Patsy A. (Harden) Smith

Patsy A. (Harden) Smith, 92, of Van Wert, passed away at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at her residence.

She was born on July 17, 1931, in Mercer County, Ohio, to Ray and Lydia Harden. In 1956, she married Dean H. Smith, who preceded her in death.

Patsy Smith

She was a homemaker.

Pat attended Trinity Friends Church, in Van Wert, for many years.

She enjoyed playing bingo at the Van Wert County Council on Aging, playing scrabble with her children and grandchildren and working jigsaw puzzles. Pat also enjoyed needlework while she was able.

Surviving are three children, Shelly Early of Muncie, Indiana, Roger (Shelly) Smith of Van Wert, and Dana (Barbara) Smith of Van Wert; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Smith of Louisville, Kentucky, and a sister-in-law, Wauneta Smith of Van Wert.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey D. Smith, and her siblings, Donald and Robert Harden, Jean Chenoweth and Rosemary Herbst.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at Gearhart-Sauer Funeral Home, Convoy, with Pastor Matt McGovern, officiating. Interment will follow in Convoy I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12-3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials: Van Wert County Council on Aging.

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POSTED: 09/18/23 at 2:50 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries