Eva Kathleen Polk Smith

Eva Kathleen Polk Smith, age 90 of Gainesville, FL, passed away on November 14th at Ayers Health and Rehab Center in Trenton, FL, where she resided since June of 2012. She was lovingly known as “Kitty” which she nicknamed herself in her later years. She was born in Trenton, FL on April 22, 1928, the oldest child of George Clayton and Ollie Mae Polk. She graduated from Trenton High School in 1946 and married Jack Rudolph Smith in January of 1947. They were married for 58 years.
Kathleen was a devoted wife and primarily a happy homemaker as a mother of four children. She loved people and had many friends. She was known for her ‘gift of gab’ and always had a funny joke to share.
She is survived by her two sons, Howard ‘Smitty’ (Linda) Smith, Carrollton, GA and Ricky (Hollie) Smith, Melrose, FL, two daughters, Cheryl (Glenn) May, Gainesville, FL, and Jacqueline (Tony) Barber, Simpsonville, SC, eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, two sisters, Evelyn Floyd, Bell, FL and Jean Richardson of High Springs, FL. She was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband Jack in 2005, a sister, Myrtleen Greene and a brother G.C. Polk.
Kathleen loved and served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a member of Countryside Baptist Church in Gainesville. She and Jack loved gospel music and after Jack retired, they spent many days traveling in their motorhome. They enjoyed camping with friends and going to gospel sings.
The family would like to express their sincerest appreciation and gratitude for the excellent care provided to “Kitty” during her residency at Ayers Health and Rehab Center. There are no words to describe the loving administration team and staff that provided such excellent care in attending to her every need. It was obvious that they loved her as much as she loved them.
A celebration of Kathleen’s life will be held at Countryside Baptist Church 10926 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL on Saturday, November 17th at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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