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Branon Funeral Home
403 North Austin Avenue
Lamesa, TX 79331
(806) 872-8335
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Patricia Votaw Smith

July 24, 1927 - July 12, 2018

Patricia Irene (Votaw) Smith was born July 24, 1927 to the parents Robert Alonzo Votaw, Jr. and Lorine Schumann Votaw Groves in Asherton, Texas. She attended St. Mary's Hall in San Antonio, TX, and then went on to graduate from Incarnate Word High School. From there she continued her love for learning at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. She married her husband J Franklin Smith on November 8, 1947. Together they had three sons, Robert Alfred Smith, David Edward Smith, and John Mark Smith. They co-owned Lamesa Printing Company, which was a successful family business until being sold in 2002. Patricia was a firm believer in her faith and loved volunteering at First Presbyterian where she attended church. Patricia's greatest passion in life was her family. She was an amazing and loving mother to her children, and an extremely loved Nana by all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She took pride in raising her sons with strong morals and family values. She continued to instill these values in her grandchildren and taught them to always show kindness and compassion towards others. She believed if you worked hard and lived life honestly, you could achieve great things. She was always able to bring everyone together and was happiest when everyone was gathered together at family dinners. It was of the utmost importance to Patricia that her family continue to create loving memories to keep her legacy alive. She took pride in her family history and loved sharing stories of her past. Patricia always had a passion for reading that started at a very young age, and continued throughout her life. You could always find her in her favorite chair reading the bible, a literary classic or a political thriller. Her other interests included being involved in her church, visiting with her friends, and volunteering in the community. Patricia was a loving, strong, and compassionate woman. She was loved by all and will be deeply missed.

Patricia is survived by her son Mark and wife Cristy Smith; her two grandsons, Steven and wife Olivia Smith, Ryan and wife Ali Smith; great grandson Braxton Smith, and three great granddaughters, Ella Smith, Ariana Smith and Isabelle Smith; nephews and nieces Steve and wife Molly Holton, Leslie and husband John Green with daughter Bailee Green, Jerry and wife Cindy Holton, Bob and wife Rita Smith; She was preceded in death by her husband J Franklin Smith, her sons Robert Smith and David Smith, daughter-in-law Sherrie Smith, and mother Lorine Groves.

There will be a family and friends visitation from 1:00-5:00 pm, Monday, July 16, 2018 at Branon Funeral Home. A celebration of Patricia's life will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 held at First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Sam Lanham as celebrant. Interment will follow at Dawson County Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Maurice Archer, Melvin Harris, Charlie Snodgrass, Paul Brock, Larry Whitman and George Hardberger.
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Patricia Votaw Smith
July 24, 1927 - July 12, 2018


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