Catherine M. Smith, 86 of Hoover, passed away on May 15, 2023. Catherine was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, E. Ray Smith, her parents James and Nellie Marler, two brothers and two sisters. Catherine is survived by her daughter Rozanne Smith Emory and her husband, David; son, Steve Smith, and his wife Tracy; grandchildren Bennett Smith and his wife Kathleen, Caroline Emory and Catherine Smith. Catherine grew up in South Alabama and in Troy at the Alabama Baptist Children's Home. She graduated from Troy High School where she was a Straight- A student and a member of the Beta Club. She attended Howard College and University of South Alabama.
Over the years she was active in her community serving in her local garden club and in local politics actively campaigning for politicians in the City of Hoover. Catherine was very giving in her support of numerous charities. Most near and dear to her heart, the Alabama Baptist Children's Home. She was a long-time supporter and actively involved in their regular homecoming celebrations and many fund-raising efforts. Years after leaving the Children's Home she was invited to share her testimony at Alabama Baptist churches and was also invited to be a speaker at the Alabama Baptist State Convention. She was a member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church since 1970 and active in the New Horizons Sunday School Class, and most recently joined the Bill Dawson Class. Catherine was a loving wife and mother, and her greatest joys were her husband and her children, their spouses and her grandchildren. She never missed an opportunity to share her enthusiasm about all of her loved ones. She was an executive secretary, executive assistant and worked part-time in insurance with her husband. Her most rewarding job was as a stay-at-home Mom for many years. Catherine enjoyed cooking special meals for her family and perfected her award-
winning sour cream pound cake which she made often and shared with family and many friends.
Each day of her life she exuded joy, positivity, and happiness. She always had a smile on her face, laughed easily and always saw the good in everyone. One of her greatest joys was shopping and nothing thrilled her more than buying and giving to others.
She had a servant's heart and was always proud to say she accepted Jesus into her heart as a young girl. Through her good deeds and actions, she shared her love for the Lord. The world was brighter because she was in it. She will be missed by her family and many friends.
Funeral services will be in the Chapel on Thursday, May 18 at 11:00 AM at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, 2701 John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover. Graveside gathering will follow the funeral service at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South.
Memorial gifts may be given to Alabama Baptist Children's Homes and Family
Ministries online at alabamachild.org or by mail to 2681 Rocky Ridge Lane Birmingham, AL 35216.