Kathryn Fountain Smith, AGE 87, from Plainfield, NJ, passed away on August 8th in Fremont California where she currently resided.
Funeral services will be held at Higgins Funeral Home 752 Mountain Ave. Watchung, N.J. on September 26th at 9:00am EST with Reverend Leroy Lyons officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Plainfield NJ. Higgins Funeral/ Watchung NJ will be handling the funeral arrangements.
Kathryn Smith was born in Plainfield NJ to John Howard Carter and Kathryn Carter on September 27th, 1932. She went to high school at Plainfield High School and graduated in 1951. She was employed as a HR Manager and Director during her career which she had the opportunity to work in a number of different Companies such as American Hoechst Company, Foster Grant and Montgomery County PA HR Depts.
Kathryn was a person full of life and enjoyed travel making new friends and being close to family. She also was very involved in Church activities at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Plainfield, and The Church of the Epiphany in Tempe Arizona. A devoted person to her family and friends. She also had the best sense of humor that most would agree she could light a room up with her smile and laugh.
Kathryn is survived by her son James Beckett and his wife Eliana, of Fremont California. She is survived by Sister Patricia Greer of AZ and Nieces Karen Yates, Jane Carter, Barbara Vega, Linda Carter Cali and Lexi Hellerman and Nephews Jack Carter, Clayton Yates , Ricky Carter, Gary and Christopher Greer and cousins Susan Carter Terri Cabbell and Jimmy Slaughter and many more cousins.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic the memorial service will be held privately but please view the live stream of the service at 9:00 am on Saturday September 26th, 2020.
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life.
However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum. Some, however, will go so unnoticed that we don't realize they vacated their seats.
This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank god for the journey.
Lastly, I Thank You for being one of the passengers on my train.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of New Jersey, CHA Foundation, C/o Hospice of New Jersey, 1412
W Magnolia Ave, Suite #100, Fort Worth, TX 76104.