Kathleen Joyce (Elam) Smith, 71, of Taylorville, IL, went to be with the Lord at 9:55 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 2013 in her home with her family by her side.
She was born September 20, 1942 in Edinburg, IL to Charley and Opal Irene (Steck) Elam. Kathy graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1960 and she later attended Eastern Illinois University. She passed many insurance classes and attained her real estate license in 1990, and achieved her brokers license in 2012. Kathy helped with the Taylorville Christmas Home Tour and the Christian County Senior Citizens Pub Stool Open. She donated 15.5 gallons of blood through Central Illinois Blood Bank over the years. She was a Real Estate Broker for Kennedy Real Estate and past Sales Associate for Bard Hepburn Real Estate, McNeely Real Estate, KMRM Insurance CSR and Secretary for Country Companies Insurance. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Women of the Moose-Taylorville Chapter, National Association of Realtors, Capitol Area Association of Realtors and Accredited Buyer Representative, IL, Federation of Business Women (formerly B.P.W.) for 47 years, 1960 Taylorville Class Reunion Committee and Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Kathy was a member of the cancer group at the Taylorville United Methodist Church and was a regular member of Joyce’s Breakfast Club. She was the founding member in 1995 of Wall Street Wizards.
She is survived by her beloved cat, Callie Jo; sister, Wanda (Dennis) Sabin of DeKalb, IL; brother-in-law, Everett Hendricks and fiance Mary Amos of Taylorville; nieces, Sharron (Denny) Taft of Taylorville, Tina (Lee) Pownall of Taylorville, Heather (Steve) Ruments of Purcellville, VA, Kirsten Askelson of Fox Lake, IL and Amber (Jason) Rossler of Huntley, IL; great-nieces, Sandy (Brandon) Neal of Frankfort, IN, Riley and Kaitlyn Ruments of Purcellville, VA, Teagan Rossler of Huntley, IL and Erin (Brendan Grgurich) Taft of Erie, PA; great-nephews, Scott (Elizabeth) Brockelsby of Taylorville, IL, Bob (Amanda) Hancock of Taylorville, Jeff (Bailey) Hancock of Taylorville, Chad (Amy Brinkmeyer) Hancock of Danvers, IL, Regan (Danielle) Taft of Florida, Hunter Rossler of Huntley, IL; two great great-nieces; four great great-nephews; uncle, John (Nita) Terry of Mulberry Grove, IL; aunts, Elaine VanHorn of Sullivan, IL, June Peters of Rialto, CA and Georgia Elam of Taylorville, IL; and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Marilyn Hendricks, brother-in-law, Tom Askelson, nephew, Stephen Hendricks and great great-nephew, Keagan Taft.
Vistation will be Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Celebration of life services will be held Monday, October 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Pastor Steve Robinson and Pastor Dick Wamsley will officiate.
Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, IL. Please visist www.suttonmemorialhome.com to sign the online guest book.