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Patricia Smith

August 6, 1934 ~ February 25, 2020 (age 85)

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Patricia Smith age 85 of Daleville, passed away February 25, 2020 at Pheasant Ridge Nursing Home and Rehabilitation.
Patricia was born in Yorkshire, England in 1934.  As a child she experienced air-raid blackouts to avoid bombers during World War 2.  She met her husband-to-be Ray at dance classes and began a near 60-year marriage in 1954.  In 1958 she and Ray welcomed their son David and four years later the family moved to Canada.  There she worked many years as a medical secretary and acquired an encyclopedic vocabulary of medical terminology.  In 1986 she and Ray moved to Nairobi, Kenya as Ray had taken a five-year contract with the Canadian International Development Agency.  There she adopted her beloved Irish setter who moved with them back to Canada for retirement. After being widowed in 2013 she decided to move to Virginia to be closer to her son who had transferred there in the 1990’s. She recently said that she'd had "an interesting life."

She is survived by her son David, daughter-in-law Frances in Daleville Virginia and her brother Paul Ericson in Leeds, England.

A memorial service celebrating Patricia's life will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 3 at Rader Funeral Home, 630 Roanoke Road Daleville with Ben Peyton officiating.

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Memorial Service
March 3, 2020

11:00 AM
Rader Funeral Home
630 Roanoke Road
Daleville, VA 24083

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