Dr. Patricia Gail “Pat” Smee, age 74, ascended this life January 13, 2018. She was born in Booneville, Arkansas on June 10, 1943, the third daughter of her late parents Latta Lorena James Smee and Herbert Darling “Tot” Smee. She was preceded in death by her sister Rosemary Jean “Rose” Smee, and is survived by her sister Sandra Kay “Sandy” Smee Fuller and husband David Franklin Fuller of Bryant, Ark., and two brothers, Herbert David Smee and wife Lauren A. Smee of Booneville, and Reuben James “Chuck” Hayden and wife Gloria Hayden of Tallulah, Louisiana, and many adored nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pat was an individual of many great gifts and talents, brilliant intellect, and a captivating personality. She loved people and was deeply loved by many, especially her family and the countless friends that she made during her lifetime. Wherever she journeyed, folks were drawn to her and she made lifelong friends who adored her.
During her formative years, Pat’s life was filled with passion for her educational pursuits and musical practices and studies where she always excelled. She was valedictorian of her high school graduating class, repeatedly selected for all-state band playing the bass clarinet, participated in sports, notably basketball and tennis, and many other school and community services and activities.
Pat received a Bachelor of Arts degree in language and literature from Arkansas Tech where she was a Dean’s list and honor student in her studies and activities, and received many extra-curricular honors and accolades, including listing among Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges. She chose psychology as her profession, beginning her graduate work at Southern Methodist University, and ultimately receiving her PhD in psychology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
In her professional life, Pat served as administrator and clinician in mental health for the State of Arkansas, as chair of the psychology department at the University of Missouri, and in private clinics, working always to bring health and well-being into the lives of others. In testing to receive her state licensure for practicing psychology, she scored the highest recorded in the State of Arkansas.
There are so many wonderful memories from the days and years of our lives shared with Pat that loved ones will always cherish. We will miss her, her cards and letters, her sage advice, and most of all her heartfelt laughter, her keen sense of humor, her wit and wisdom and her delight in her nieces and nephews. Her absence will leave a hole in many hearts.
Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home in Booneville, Arkansas.
Memorials may be made to: theoneinc.org for The Van.