Kathy Frankel Smith, 64, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at her home, surrounded by family. A visitation will be held at Leland Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:00 am, followed by a memorial service at 11:00am.
Kathy was born on January 4, 1953 in Leland, Mississippi to Teeny and the late Leo Frankel. She graduated from Indianola Academy in 1971, completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education at Ole Miss, completed a Master’s Degree in Education at Mississippi State University, and received her Specialist Degree in School Psychology at Delta State University.
Kathy was proud to be a native of Leland, MS, a community that she served throughout her life and that lifted her up during difficult times. Her humor, hospitality, and talent left an impression on all who knew her. An abridged list of her many attributes include her being a school psychologist, a hugely talented painter and potter, an advocate for animals, a great lover of Halloween—the tricks as much as the treats, a lifetime devotee of Days of Our Lives, an active member of Delta Gamma Fraternity, a Hwy 61 Blues supporter, an ardent Bulldog fan, an amateur detective, an entertaining storyteller, an engaged Presbyterian, an enthusiast of wholesome pound cake and coffee, an expert on what color everyone should wear, a loyal friend, and an incredible mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt, and daughter.
Survivors include husband Tommy Smith; mother Teeny Frankel of Leland; daughter and son-in-law Amelia and Jason Goodenough of New Orleans; daughter and son-in-law Carter and Will Zeigler of Memphis; daughter Georgia Smith of New Orleans; sister and brother-in-law Linda and John Gwin of Memphis; and brother and sister-in-law Lee and Hardie Frankel of Leland. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Eloise and Penelope Goodenough of New Orleans and Leo and Thomas Zeigler of Memphis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Leland Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice.