Farel Kathleen Smith

03/08/1919 — 11/30/2006

From Spokane, WA, US | Born in Spokane, Washington

Farel Kathleen Smith

Farel Kathleen Smith, 87, was born March 8, 1919, in Spokane, WA and died Thursday, November 30, 2006, in Spokane. Her early childhood was spent in Uniontown, WA where she attended St. Boniface Catholic School. After graduating from Kinman Business School in Spokane, she was hired by J. W. Graham to work in their business office.

Farel became engaged to Jack but had to wait 4 years to marry because Jack was drafted into the Army during World War II.   She lived in Prosser 36 years where she was a homemaker, and she and her husband homesteaded a dry land wheat farm.  She then lived in Kennewick 13 years before returning to Spokane three years ago.

Farel was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Prosser and Parish of the Holy Spirit in Kennewick.   She supported and donated to many Catholic missions and regularly contributed to the Mary Knoll and Passionists Missions.  She was also dedicated to her Catholic parishes as an organist, secretary and member of the Altar Society.  In July 2006, Farel was resident of the month at North Central Care Center.

She enjoyed ice skating and sledding.  Her proudest moments were when her children attended and graduated from college and the arrival of her grandchildren.  She loved every aspect of farm life, was an avid reader and gardener, enjoyed needlework, and taking care of farm animals.  Her collie dogs were a big part of her life.

She is survived by son, John Susan Smith of Spokane and daughter, Jeanne Brian Farwell, all of Spokane; son, Richard Lorri Smith of Richland; sister, Marie Seubert of Palm Bay, FL; 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Farel was preceded in death by her husband, Jack J. Smith and by her parents, Jack and Gertrude Busch.

Visitation will be at Einan’s Funeral Home from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2006 with

Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at Sacred Heart Parish in Prosser. Graveside services will follow the Funeral Mass in East Prosser Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Farel’s name to North

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  • Message: Smith Family

    The depth of our sorrow is a reflection of the happiness that Farel brought to our life, and the joy and exuberance we shared from having known her. I am terribly sorry for your loss. While grief is universal, it is also very personal. It is difficult to imagine right now, but time and faith does heal. There will be days when you can smile and laugh again when you remember Farel. And you will always have those special memories of your Mother in your heart that will bring a smile to your face and warm the very depths of your soul to be blessed having her as your Mother, Mother-in-Law, your friend and mentor. Her constant smile and upbeat attitude was so very gracious!

    Farel was very present and very “contagious”. She was a happy and fun person to be around, and I was truly blessed by the opportunity of knowing her.

    You are in my thoughts and my prayers!


    God be with you.


    dixie baird-boyd
    November 4, 2014
    richland, WA, US
  • John & family – Only met Farel a few times but she was really a humorous lady as I recall. I knew where John had gotten his smile! Take care – love cuz’in Cathy

    Cathy Holden Ruff
    November 4, 2014
    Ephrata, WA, US
  • As my grandmother she taught me to believe and have faith..

    That there is something bigger than myself..

    That faith has brought me Peace..

    In that Peace she lives on…

    I will carry her in my heart and see her in my Dadddy eyes..

    Jamie Schroeder
    November 4, 2014
    Kenmore, WA, US
  • Rosemary and I will always remember our visits to Farel and Jack and how gracious they were to us. Sons Bob Jr. and Steve join with us in extending our deepest sympathy on your loss. We are sorry that we could not be with you for Farel’s services but did arrange to have a spray of yellow roses to be sent to the funeral home.

    Very best wishes, Bob and Rosemary Odom

    Bob & Rosemary Odom
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA, US
  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the wonderful memories you have of your mother/grandmother carry you through this difficult time.

    Tami Halstead Robbins

    Tami Halstead Robbins
    November 4, 2014
    Marina, CA, US
  • My memories of Grama are many but the one thing I always lean on is the saying she would always tell me when I thought life was too tough: “God will never give you more than your shoulders are large enough to carry.” Thinking of this always seems to pull me through during rough times. That’s only one small memory amongst many beautiful times I spent with Grama. Thank you Grama for being my best friend and for loving so much. You are missed more than you can know. Hugs and Kisses love your Jano

    Janet Young
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • I will miss my grandmother dearly, but I know she is now at peace. she taught me so many things, faith , and strength stand out the most. I know she is happy where she is in heaven with the lord. I feel at peace knowing she is watching over me and more inportantly chloe. I love you grandma.

    julie smith and family
    November 4, 2014
    seattle, WA, US
  • Julie Smith
    November 4, 2014
  • My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

    Betty Ottmar
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • Our prayers & sympathies to all of you.

    Ida & Bill Young
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US