Kathleen "Kitty" Smith | AspenTimes.com

Kathleen "Kitty" Smith

The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Kitty was born to Grace and John Finger on July 24, 1941 in St. Paul, Minn. On Feb. 20, 2011, she passed on to eternal life from the loving arms of her husband Billy into the waiting arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She is survived by her husband; son Eddie; grandchildren Collin and Hillary; brothers Don, John, Gracie, Joe; sisters Jean, Eileen, Patty; 15 nieces and nephews; and many loving relatives and friends.

Kitty grew up in St. Paul and moved to Colorado in 1969. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in counseling/psychology. She worked at Aspen Valley Hospital for 21 years as an OR nurse; later moving on to public health nursing, then worked for RFTA until she became ill with leukemia.

Kitty embraced life and all it had to offer with incredible energy. She lived by her motto to: “love generously, care deeply and speak kindly.” Her dedication and love for her husband Billy was extraordinary as was her love for her family and friends. She had a passion for travel, a tender heart for animals, and gratefully embraced the spirit of God through nature. Although not afraid to die, she fought so hard to live and was tenderly supported and encouraged tirelessly by Billy, her family, care givers, church family and many devoted friends.

Kitty gifted us all with many wonderful memories that will sustain us, and keep us smiling, even as we grieve her loss.

You are invited to join us at a service to Celebrate Kitty’s life on Saturday, March 19 at 1 p.m., Mid-Valley Church, 16472 Hwy. 82, Carbondale.

Before she died, she asked that, in lieu of flowers, any donations go to: Pathfinders for Cancer, Hospice of the Valley, or the Humane Society/Animal Rescue.