OWENSVILLE — Kathleen (Benson) Smith, 80, of Owensville, passed away June 8, 2019, at her home after a brief illness.

She was born Dec. 9, 1938, in Vincennes, to Henry Sylvester Benson and Laura Mauck Benson.

Kathi graduated from Owensville High school in 1956 then attended Stephens College where she was recognized as a talented milliner. She graduated from the University of Evansville nurses’ program and worked many years as a real estate broker in Gibson County for W & F Home Hunters Reality.

Kathi was the owner of KBS Farm Properties and loved working on the farm with her husband. She enjoyed antiques, gardening, and teaching everyone about genealogy. Kathi and her husband Fred enjoyed spending time at their condo in Pensacola Beach, Florida. She loved horses and was a 4-H Horse and Pony leader for several years. Kathi was a knowledge bank about history and family linage. She will be remembered as an amazing cook and being a friend to all, young and old.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 60 years Frederick M. Smith, and brother Herbert A. “Brownie” Gottfried.

Kathi is survived by three daughters, Laura (Jim) Shain, Devin Smith, Courtnee (Mark) Winternheimer; two sons, George (Crystal) Smith and Schuyler (Susan) Smith; grandchildren, Alex (Anna) Shain, Olivia Shain, Lenlee (Adam) Haase, Laurel (Stephen) Vanhooser, Tori Phelps, Austin (Bree) Phelps, Kathleen “Katie” Smith and Rebecca Smith; two great-grandchildren, Adalynn Haase and Aunika Haase; sister Sylvia (Todd) Benson Frank of Gulf Breeze, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Holder’s Funeral Home is honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Smith. Visitation will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019, at First Christian Church of Owensville from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and memorial service at 4 p.m. with Bart Newton Officiating. Interment will follow at Benson Cemetery.

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