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Pamela Smith

Published: Friday, April 20, 2012 4:47 p.m. CDT

WALNUT — Pamela R. Smith, 56, of Walnut died Friday, April 20, 2012, at her home in Walnut surrounded by her husband and children.

Born Nov. 3, 1955, in Macomb to Lee and Ruthe (Marshall) Hare, she married Kevin Smith May 20, 1978, in St. John's Catholic Church in  Walnut. He survives.

She received her bachelor's degree, majoring in special education, from Illinois State University and her master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. She was a teacher for more than 30 years. She taught first grade and special education at Walnut Grade School and Bureau Valley North.

She was active in the Walnut Community Theatre and volunteered at Relay for Life events. She was a member of HWFH and Our Ladies of the Lake. She was a founder and co-chair of the annual Lee Hare Golf Tournament.

Also surviving are one daughter, Justin (Darrin) Frank of Annawan; two sons, Zack Smith of Tempe, Ariz., and Patrick Smith of Walnut; four grandchildren, Bryce, Aiden, Avery and Elliott; her father, Lee Hare of Macomb; three sisters, Jamie (Bill) Allen of Dublin, Ohio, Kim (Mike) Mareth of Homestead, Fla., and Jodi (Kevin) Hare-Paynter of Fort Atkinson, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, her mother and one nephew.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, with Father Tom Shaw, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church of Walnut, officiating, Burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with a rosary recited at 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

A memorial scholarship fund is being established in Pam’s name.

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