Former Idyllwild resident Mary Patricia Smith, 78, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006 in Biggs, Calif.
Born on April 6, 1927 in Oklahoma, Pat moved to Idyllwild in 1967. While in Idyllwild, she raised her five children while working at Gray’s Photo.
After her children grew up, she focused her attention on the many animals she loved. Because of this love of animals, she worked at The Ponderosa with her “dogs in a basket.”
She spent the past 10 years living in Northern California with her daughter, Kellie Gross. It had always been her wish to once again live in Idyllwild and return to her cabin to enjoy the birds.
She will be buried next to her mother in Crescent, Okla.
She is survived by two sons, Larry Smith of Idyllwild and Richard Smith of Newalla, Okla.; three daughters, Penn Seymour of Hemet, Mary Elizabeth Stone of Irvine, and Kellie Gross of Biggs; and 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.