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Obituaries: Kaye Louise Passey Smith



Kaye Louise Passey Smith was born August 19, 1939 in Logan, Utah to Howard Budge and Beth Hendricks Passey. She passed away at home surrounded by her family on June 12, 2016 after a prolonged battle with Lewy Body Dementia. She spent her childhood living in Arizona and Coalville, Utah. She graduated from Prescott High School in Arizona in 1957 and then earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, where she met her husband, Ronald V. Smith, who is from Lehi, Utah. They were married on November 22, 1961 in the Salt Lake LDS temple.

Kaye was a dedicated and loving spouse and was supportive of Ron in his various church callings and city government positions. She enjoyed traveling with him, especially visiting family and seeing new areas. Together they raised eight children – six boys and two girls. Kaye was a wonderful mother who was constantly sacrificing to do what was best for her children. In addition to her many other activities, she often sewed, cooked, and canned for her large family. In her spare time, she loved to crochet baby blankets and read lots of books.

Education was always a priority in her life. She taught at Sego Lily Elementary for 15 years and loved her students and colleagues there. She continuously supported and encouraged her children to be successful in education and was incredibly proud to have all eight of them earn college degrees.

She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she served in various callings in the Relief Society and Primary. She especially enjoyed serving at the Provo Missionary Training Center and at the Mount Timpanogos Temple.

Kaye is survived by her husband; her sons: Todd (Lara), Kirk (Donna), Kyle (Bonnie), Adam (Cheryl), Matt and Troy; her daughters: Tami (Mike) Russon and Sue (Greg) Jackson; 26 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her three brothers: EJ, Howard B, and Bill Passey. She was proceeded in death by her parents and her granddaughter Samantha.

The family is especially grateful to Encompass Hospice for their support and care over the last 15 months.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Lehi East Stake Center, 851 N. 1200 E., Lehi, Utah. A viewing will be held on Friday, June 17, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m., at Wing Mortuary, 118 East Main Street, Lehi, Utah and from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the church prior to the services on Saturday. Interment will be at the Lehi City Cemetery. Online guest book at