Kathleen Joyce (Elam) Smith, 71, of Taylorville, went to be with the Lord at 9:55 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2013 in her home with her family attending.She was born September 20, 1942 in Edinburg, IL; the daughter of Charley and Opal Irene (Steck) Elam.She graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1960 and she later attended Eastern Illinois University. She passed many insurance classes and attained her real estate license in 1990 and achieved her broker’s license in 2012. Kathy also helped with the Taylorville Christmas Home Tour and the Christian County Senior Citizens Pub Stool Open. She donated 15.5 gallons of blood through Central Illinois Blood Bank over the years.She was a Real Estate Broker with Kennedy Real Estate, and past Sales associate for Bard Hepburn Real Estate, McNeely Real Estate, KMRM Insurance CSR and Secretary for Country Companies.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Taylorville, Women of the Moose-Taylorville Chapter, the National Association of Realtors, Capitol Area Association of Realtors and accredited Buyer Representative, Illinois Federation of Business Women (formerly B.P.W.) for 47 years, the 1960 Taylorville Class Reunion Committee, and Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Kathy was a member of the cancer group at the Taylorville United Methodist Church and was a regular member of Joyce’s Breakfast Club. She was the founding member in 1995 of the Wall Street Wizards.

She is survived by her beloved cat, Callie Jo; sister, Wanda (Dennis) Sabin of DeKalb, IL; brother-in-law, Everett Hendricks and Fiancée Mary Amos of Taylorville; nieces, Sharron (Denny) Taft of Taylorville, Tina (Lee) Pownall of Taylorville, Heather (Steve) Ruments of Purcellville, VA, Kirsten Askelson of Fox Lake, IL and Amber (Jason) Rossler of Huntley, IL; great-nieces, Sandy (Brandon) Neal of Frankfort, IN, Riley and Kaitlyn Ruments of Purcellville, VA, Teagan Rossler of Huntley, IL and Erin (Brendan Grgurich) Taft of Erie, PA; great-nephews,Scott (Elizabeth) Brockelsby of Taylorville, IL, Bob (Amanda) Hancock of Taylorville, Jeff (Bailey) Hancock of Taylorville, Chad (Amy Brinkmeyer) Hancock of Danvers, IL, Regan (Danielle) Taft of FL, Hunter Rossler of Huntley, IL; two great-great nieces; four great-great nephews; uncles John (Nita) Terry of Mulberry Grove, IL; aunts, Elaine VanHorn of Sullivan, IL, June Peters of Rialto, CA, Georgia Elam of Taylorville, IL; and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marilyn Hendricks; brother-in-law, Tom Askelson; nephew, Steven Hendricks; great-great nephew, Keagan Taft.

Memorials may be made to: The Taylorville Food Pantry, 303 E. Market St., Taylorville, IL or Memorial Home Services, 100 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 or Women of the Moose Taylorville Chapter, 720 McAdams Dr., Taylorville, IL 62568

Visitation will be held from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, IL. Celebration of Life services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 14, 2013 at Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville with Rev. Steve Robinson and Pastor Dick Wamsley officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, IL.

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