Mary Kay Smith

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Mary Kay Smith

May 24, 1945 - July 26, 2018

Mary Kay Smith, 73, a long-time resident of Palm Harbor, FL, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Suncoast Hospice, Pinellas, Park, FL. She was born in Meadville, PA., on May 24, 1945, the daughter of the late Roger Smith and Barbara Smith. Mary Kay was a graduate of Meadville High School, attended Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH and graduated Cum Laude from Edinboro State University, Edinboro, PA in 1971, with a BS in Music Education. In 1992 she earned a Master's of Library Science Degree from Clarion University, Clarion, PA.
Mary Kay served as a Children's Librarian in Leesburg, Oldsmar, and Safety Harbor Florida from 1982- 2012. Her interest in the theater and drama groups, led her to establish play groups from preschool through adults. Using her skills as a Professional Storyteller/Ventriloquist she created and used a variety of puppet characters to talk and sing original songs she had written. She also formed her own company called Universal Voices to expand her talents with puppets.
Mary Kay received many special awards and certificates of appreciation for her many years of working with children and drama groups in motivating them to be the best they can be and to always act in a responsible and kind manner.
Mary Kay is survived by her brother William C. Smith, his wife Frances of Meadville, nephew Eric B. Smith (Rebecca Bernhardt) and their daughter Stella Frances Benedict Smith, of Tampa, FL; and niece Allison L. Smith of London, England.
A private graveside service will be at Greendale Cemetery, Meadville, PA.
Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Mary Kathryn Smith to Suncoast Hospice at 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar, Fl. 33760, www.hollowayfuneralhomefl.com.
Published on August 2, 2018
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