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Kathleen Frances (Grimes) Smith

December 9, 1940 ~ April 26, 2020 (age 79)


On Sunday, April 26, 2020, God called Kathleen Frances (Grimes) Smith home. Kathleen was born on December 9, 1940 to her late parents James Grimes Sr., and Mabel (Jones) Grimes. Kathleen is finally at peace, accompanying her parents and her oldest son, Donald “Bucky” Smith in Heaven. Her smart, charismatic, and genuine soul left this earth leaving behind her son, Darren Smith and his life-long partner, Melaine Ho; her daughter-in-law, Kelly Smith; 2 granddaughters, Jenna Valenti and her husband Mathew Valenti and their son, her great-grandson, Mario Valenti and Sarah Smith and her fiance, Michael Cook; her grandson and best friend, Kyle Smith; her sister Sandra (Grimes) Mistretta; her brother, Jim Grimes and his life-long partner, Fionnuala Purcell; as well as various nieces and nephews. Kathleen attended Middlesex Hospital School of Nursing, where she became an RN. She was devoted to those she loved and conducted countless selfless acts of love. She enjoyed playing Parcheesi with the grandkids, frantically cheering on the UConn Women’s Basketball Team, and spending summers in a lounge chair on the lake with her favorite book in hand.  Kathleen will forever be remembered for her famous apple pies, sense of humor, and heart of gold. Graveside services will be observed at a later date at Saint James Cemetery, 368 Broad Street Manchester, CT 06040. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America  The Aurora McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester has been entrusted with care of arrangements.  For online condolences, please visit

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