Pauline LaVada Smythe, 88, of Tacoma, Washington, and former Codell and Plainville, Kansas resident, died on Friday, September 11, 2015, at the Heartwood Extended Healthcare in Tacoma.
Pauline was born on September 22, 1926, in Codell, Kansas, the daughter of Forrest and Lois (Hockett) Richmond. She grew up on the family farm in Codell and enjoyed playing baseball and had many happy times on the farm with all her family and friends. She graduated from Codell High School with the class of 1944. She was married to Kenneth Smythe on March 17, 1946, and from this union, Pauline and Kenneth were blessed with three children a son Robert and daughters Venita and Beverly. The family moved to Tacoma, Washington, when Kenneth went to work for Boeing. After many years of marriage Pauline and Kenneth decided to divorce and Pauline moved back to Plainville, Kansas. After returning back to Kansas, she went to work for the Holiday Inn in Hays, Kansas as a housekeeping supervisor. In the early 2000's she moved back to Tacoma to be with her daughter Venita. She enjoyed embroidering, quilting and visiting with neighbors, friends and family.
Surviving family include her daughters Venita Lund and husband Steve of Tacoma and Beverly Bozard and husband Guy of Clarksville, Tennessee; two grandchildren Julie Lund of Tacoma and John Bozard of Clarksville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Robert "Bob" Smythe; brothers Stanley and Ronald Richmond and infant sister Dixie Lee Richmond.
A graveside service to celebrate Pauline's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, September 18, 2015, at the Shiloh Cemetery in rural Codell, Kansas, with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating. Burial will follow the graveside committal. Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas. Family will greet guests from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Thursday evening at the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.