Kathy Jo Smith, 59

1963 – 2022

Kathy Jo Smith was born on August 29th, 1963, in the town of Minot, North Dakota to Mr. Weslie and Lois Vannett.  Currently Weslie Vannett (deceased) and Lois Kupser. Kathy was the youngest of three daughters raised in Minot, North Dakota.

Kathy, a graduate of Minot High School 1981, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Minot State University, and a Master of Education degree from Curry College, Milton, MA. Kathy and her husband Jeffrey Smith, from Minot, welcomed three beautiful children to the world on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Kathy was committed to teaching all children as well as her own.  She loved to take her kids on adventures to see new things throughout her life.  Kathy’s family enjoyed living in new places including Boston/Cape Cod, MA; Washington, D.C./Fairfax, VA; and Riverside/Temecula, CA.

In recent years, Kathy shared her gift of molding young minds at Rancho Christian Elementary School, she always had a special connection with children. She has nothing short of a kind and caring demeanor.  Each student that walked through her door was important to her and she worked hard every day to remind them that “everybody” was a “somebody” in her eyes.

Over the years, Kathy enjoyed sitting on the beach with a cup of coffee at her husband’s side, volunteering for civic and scouting events alongside her family, growing in faith through devotionals with her best friends, and supporting her family and watching her granddaughter achieve new milestones. She was always blessed with the ability to be sure everyone was cared for.

Earlier this year, she and Jeffrey celebrated 32 happy years of marriage and making memories together. Their marriage was admirable to those around them.

Kathy was a dedicated Christian who has continued to grow in her faith and express words of God in pure love and confidence. Her warm smile, generosity, and thoughtfulness have touched each person that had known her. She will be deeply missed by all.

Kathy is survived and forever loved by her husband, Jeffrey Smith; daughters, Alexandra and Victoria; her son, Eric, Smith; and granddaughter, Morgan Schmoll; her sisters, Terri Johnson (Marlowe) and DeeAnn Hansen (Art); her mother Lois Kupser (Tony); Brother and Sister-In-Law, Tom and Jeri Smith; Father and Mother-In-Law, Dave and Lorraine Smith, and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nephews and Nieces at the time of her passing.

In lieu of flowers, the Smith family will kindly accept donations to Kathy Smith – Funeral and Medical expenses through her GoFundMe account organized by Veronica Ramirez.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to England Family Mortuary, Inc.

Funeral Service Broadcast 11/04/2022 11:00 am



Visitation: November 3, 2022 6:00 pm - November 3, 2022 8:00 pm

England Family Mortuary
27135 Madison Avenue
Temecula, CA 92590

(951) 695-8555

Room: Living Room

Celebration of Life: November 4, 2022 11:00 am

England Family Mortuary
27135 Madison Avenue
Temecula, CA 92590

(951) 695-8555

Room: Chapel

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  1. Kathy was a wonderful friend, mother, wife, and teacher who spread love and kindness to all. She was a hard worker who gave 100% and sometimes even more than that to whatever she was working on. We had many heart to heart conversations over the years, sharing laughs and tears! She has taken a part of her heart with me but has left a part if hers as well. I love you Kathy! I know you’re playing and singing and dancing in the glory of God!

    • Thank you for the kind words Margaret,

      Kathy was wonderful and loved you, thanks for being her friend.

      The Jeff & Kathy Smith Family

  2. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Kathy. Prayers for comfort to Kathy’s family. God bless~
    Bruce and Brenda (Wilkes) Brekke

  3. Kathy was a bright light to all who knew her. She had a sweet patient demenor with her students. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. I enjoyed making her laugh and will miss her laughter most. She was a dear friend and I look forward to our reunion in heaven someday.

    • Thank you Jasmine,

      Laughter was one of her favorite practices, she loved the way it made people feel.

      The Jeff & Kathy Smith Family

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the good Lord shower you all with his blessings and give you peace. Kathy was a very special lady with a heart of gold, leaving a lasting impression on each and everyone along the journey. She will truly be missed. Deepest sympathies. Love and hugs, forever and always ❤ 💖 💓

    • Thank you Kelly & Deb for the kind words,

      Kathy was a wonderful mother, wife and friend… Glad to know that you felt the same.

      The Jeff & Kathy Smith Family

    • Thanks Susan,

      Been awhile, but you would have loved how Kathy taught, mothered, and fostered her friendships.

      The Jeff & Kathy Smith Family

  5. We pray for your comfort and peace through the loss of a wonderful wife and mother.
    Kathy left a legacy which will be passed on through her friends and family making this world a much better place.

    • The Coder Family,

      Thank you for your kind words, I’m glad that she had time to know your wonderful family.

      The Jeff & Kathy Smith Family

  6. Hi Jeff. Not sure if this will reach you since it is past the funeral date. I am so sad to hear of Kathy’s passing. I have tried to find you guys on social media & could not. I found out today about Kathy’s passing & want you to know I thought of Kathy often. She was a wonderful person & I wish we would have stayed in better contact. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Take care Jeff. Randy & I did move back to Minot years ago. Look us up if you are ever back here.

  7. My love and prayers to Kathy’s family. Kathy and I were friends in high school and I too enjoyed her humor and laughter. So happy to hear she was such a wonderful teacher to the kids she taught and to her own children and family. Bless them all and wi;; see her again in heaven some day. Many Blessing to her family.
    Debbie Rice and Family

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