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Obituary (MD): Mrs. Patricia (Richard W. Smith '51)

Posted on 06/12/2018

Patricia Mulligan Smith of Annapolis, Maryland died May 25, 2018 as a result of injuries from a fall in her residence on Cornhill Street. She was born in Washington, DC in 1931 and was a student at George Washington University when she met Richard Wood Smith at the United States Naval Academy. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps with the class of 1951. They were married on April 18, 1953 on his return from the Korean War and had just celebrated their 65th anniversary this April. Pat and Dick had three children: Patricia (Poppy) W. Meehan of Gainesville, FL; Mark W. Smith living in Ramona, CA; and Douglas C. Smith of Annapolis. She is survived by her children, beloved granddaughters, Ivy Irish and Willow Smith, and many nieces and nephews. As the wife of a career Marine, she established homes and raised their children in many locations, frequently while her husband was on extended foreign tours. Pat had an extraordinary mind, reveling in intellectual challenges. When her husband taught French at the Naval Academy she learned French. When he was assigned as an advisor to the Venezuelan Ministry of Defense, Pat taught herself Spanish while establishing their home in Caracas. Pat loved antiques and historic homes, restoring two pre-Revolutionary houses in Annapolis. She served the Historic Annapolis Foundation for ten years as Tour Director, then spent seventeen years as the Assistant Administrative Officer of the Anne Arundel County Council. Pat was a member of the Anne Arundel Medical Center's Patient Advisory Council, poll official in a number of elections, a forty-year member of the Ward One Residents Association, and an active supporter of the Historic Annapolis Association. Despite all her community work, Pat's deepest contentment came from the flora and fauna of her garden. She was a compassionate friend who took pleasure in listening uncritically to others and providing support where needed. Her beauty, grace, wit and wisdom enriched the lives of all who knew her. In lieu of flowers please consider remembering Pat with a contribution to the Historic Annapolis Foundation or Anne Arundel Medical Center The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD with a service to follow at 3:00 pm. Interment will be private.

John M. Taylor Funeral Home
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 263-4422

Published in The Capital Gazette from June 9 to June 10, 2018