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Kathy Ann (Rubenacker) Smith, 53, of McLeansboro, died 1:15 a.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. She was born Sept. 20, 1961, in McLeansboro, the daughter of Melvin Rubenacker and Freda (Sanders) Rubenacker. She married Timmy Wayne Smith on Nov. 23, 1985, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Piopolis; he survives in McLeansboro. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Darnell and husband Kyle of Evansville, Ind., and Stephanie Smith of McLeansboro; a sister, Sheila Collecott and husband David of Brisbane, Australia; a brother, Melvin Rubenacker of McLeansboro; her father, Melvin Rubenacker and wife Mary of McLeansboro; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Freda. She was a personal aide and was employed by Hamilton County Unit 10 at East Side Grade School. She attended Rend Lake College and Lyle Sankey Rodeo School. She was a former rodeo clown, a member of Home Extension Association, a church musician, a committee member of Relay for Life of Hamilton County, a member of the Council of Catholic Women at St. Clement's Catholic Church, a former religion teacher, basket weaver, basket teacher and a member of Beta Sigma Phi Chi Pi. She attended St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church. Funeral Services were held 10 a.m. Monday, June 15, at St. Clement's Catholic Church with Father Slawomir Ptak officiating. The visitation was held 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. A sorority service was conducted at 6 p.m. and a prayer service was at 7 p.m. Burial was at St. Clement's Catholic Cemetery in McLeansboro. Memorials may be made to St. Clement's Catholic Church Building Fund or to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home. Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of all of the arrangements.
Published on  June 15, 2015
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