Kathy Smith

Kathy Ann Smith (Nelligan)

Tuesday, April 14th, 1959 - Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
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Calais – Kathy Ann Smith, 60, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Kathy was born in Bangor on April 14, 1959, daughter of William and Sally (Shain) Nelligan.

After graduating from Calais High School, Class of 1978, Kathy went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Maine at Farmington, Class of 1982. She obtained her High School Teacher Certification – Special Education from University of Maine. Currently, Kathy was working towards completing her Master’s Degree in Education.

After her children were older, Kathy directed her attention to her passion of teaching. She was currently employed with Calais High School. In 2018 she received the State of Maine High School Teacher of the Year, which was sponsored by the V.F.W. Her devotion to her students and family aided her daily as she fought her illness to the end of her life.

Kathy loved to stay active in the community. Kathy was a woman with strong Christian beliefs from childhood. She was a Communicant of Immaculate Conception R.C. Church in Calais where she was a Sunday School Teacher and Director. Kathy also was a girl and boy scout leader, cross country coach, National Honor Society Advisor, quilter, enjoyed arts and crafts, Breast Cancer Advocate, an avid reader and academic.

Some of her fondest memories were made at her family’s camp on Nash’s Lake where she enjoyed swimming, boating, reading and relaxing. She had many loving memories of her grandparents, father and family during summers on the lake.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Lafayette Center and Calais Regional Hospital for the excellent care she received; and to her close friends and neighbors for their support to Kathy and her family while at the hospital and at home.

Kathy was predeceased by her father, William E. Nelligan Jr; and a baby brother, Michael James. Surviving are her devoted husband of 34 years, John Smith; mother, Sally Nelligan; four children, Jonathan Smith and his companion Andrea Floyd, Emily Smith and her husband Matthew, Stephen Smith and his companion Tiana Lola and Sarah Pike and her husband Nathan; three grandchildren, Riley, Jackson and Emma Smith, along with a fourth expected to arrive in December; her sister, Suzanne Kelley and her husband Tim; two brothers, William Nelligan and his wife Dawn and Thomas Nelligan and his wife Thelma and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2019 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Kevin J. Martin 10:00am Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Calais Ave., Calais. Burial will follow in Calais Cemetery. Donations in her memory are requested to be given to Wreaths For Hope at 405 Shattuck Rd., Calais, ME 04619.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, October 25th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Mays Funeral Home
    26 Church St
    CALAIS, ME 04619
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 10:00am
    Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
    31 Calais Ave
    CALAIS, ME 04619
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Kevin J. Martin
  • Interment

    Calais Cemetery
    South Street
    CALAIS, ME 04619
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Burial will follow the service


  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Breast Cancer Ribbon
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • National Honor Society
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • University Of Maine

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Jean Elsemore

Posted at 08:17am
John and Family: Very sorry to read about Kathy's passing. I am praying for you and your family as you go through this difficult time.
Love and Hugs, Jean

Teresa MacLean

Posted at 01:47pm
So sorry for the loss of Kathy. Keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. She was a very courageous woman. May she rest in peace.

Robin Greenlaw

Posted at 11:35am
Gerald and Robin Greenlaw

Our deepest condolences to the entire family.

Cheryl Jean Reed Lynch

Posted at 05:22am
Tomorrow is Sarah’s birthday so I’d b like to share when she was born as you know it was only a few days before Halloween! Kathy was recovering from her recent birth so on this Halloween Jonathan and Emily went trick or treating with me! I had just as much fun as they did !

Erica Zapatka

Posted at 04:45pm
My deepest condolences to all the Nelligans and Smiths. Praying for your peace and comfort during this difficult time. With love, Erica Stachura Zapatka

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