July 18, 1941 ~ Dec. 7, 2011

Private memorial services were held for Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Champagne Smiley, 70, a native and resident of Franklin, who passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at 1:45 p.m., at her home following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Kathy was a loving daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. She was a longtime teacher and Debate Coach at Hanson Memorial School. In her free time she enjoyed working in her yard and gardening.

Survivors include her three children, Sarah Hutchinson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jason Lee Smiley of Franklin and Susannah Conn and her husband, Aron Pataky, of San Diego, California; her mother, Winnie Ribble Champagne of Franklin; one sister, Christine Francl and her husband, Dennis, of Covington; one sister-in-law, Linell Champagne of New Iberia; three grandchildren, Ian, Cassie and Leah.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lee T. Champagne Sr.; and her brother, Lee “Tommy” Champagne Jr.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, 1-800-227-2345, or at or to Heart of Hospice of Lafayette, 201 W. Vermilion St., Suite 200, Lafayette, LA 70501, 337-232-8159.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc. of Franklin.

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