Obituaries detail

Anna Margaret (Meg) Smith
Mar 17,1966---May 17,2018

Anna Margaret (Meg) Smith, age 52, of Prairie Village, KS, passed away in her home May 17, 2018.  Meg was born March 17, 1966, in Denver, Colorado.  She was a graduate from St. Mary’s Academy in Denver, received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri—Kansas City, and later earned her certificate in addiction counseling.  She worked in the fields of social work and counseling, working at various times as an occupational resource counselor for blind and low vision persons, a caseworker for child and family services, and an addictions counselor.

 

Meg moved to Kansas City in 1988 and married Andrew Derek Smith on October 1st of that year.  Their daughter Catherine Paige was born in 1990.  Meg was a loving mother and wife.  She was devoted to her family, supporting Andy’s work and hobbies and relishing Paige’s many accomplishments.  She also loved her family of origin and her in-laws.  Family was always important to Meg.

 

Meg was a free spirit and highly artistic.  Through her creativity, her endearing silliness, and her knack for elegance, she had an unequivocal way to make your day with the smallest gesture.  Meg was always engaged in a project.  Whether quilting, soap making, gardening, or flower arranging, she was continually feeding her creative soul.  Her many friends and family were the lucky recipients of her cooking and candy making. 

 

Meg loved her Colorado roots.  Some of her happiest times were spent fishing a trout stream, strolling through an aspen glade, or picking wildflowers in a mountain meadow.  Throughout her home she surrounded herself with mementos of her beloved Colorado.

 

Recovery from addiction and depression was an important part of Meg’s later life.  She found healing in helping and working with others.  The recovery community was a source of strength and support to her.  She volunteered at Pet’s for Life, where she took her beloved sheltie to nursing homes to provide companionship to residents.   At Unexpected Blooms she volunteered her time by preparing flower arrangements for hospice and nursing home residents.  Meg will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, her generosity, her deep sense of caring, and her enormous heart.  Her life touched countless people.  The world was a better place with her in it.  She will be greatly missed.

 

Meg is preceded in death by her father and mother Gerald Paul and Mary Elizabeth (Kimmel) Ivancie, brother John Kimmel Ivancie, and nephew Sean Ivan Nolimal.   She is survived by her husband Andrew Derek Smith; daughter Catherine Paige Smith of Denver; and siblings Mayerle Ann Neher (Graydon) of Castle Pines, Colorado; Elizabeth Ann Kennedy (James) of Grand Junction, Colorado; Stephen Kolar Ivancie (Diana) of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Molly Ursula Ivancie of Littleton, Colorado; Paul Gill Ivancie (Ann) of Denver; Monica Ann Ruiz (Louis) of Denver; Mary Katherine Ivancie of Denver; her mother and father-in-law Ruth Ann and Hubert Duane Smith of Platte City, Missouri; six nieces and nephews; and two grand-nieces.

 

 

In Meg’s memory, donations are encouraged for Unexpected Blooms (unexpectedblooms.org).  Flowers will be received at the Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 7023 W. 71st St., Overland Park, Kansas, prior to the Visitation at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018.  Funeral mass will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. with reception (at the church) to follow..
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Visitation
Location:
Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Address:
7023 W. 71st St.
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66204
Date of Service:
May 30 ,2018
Time of Service:
9:30 am
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Funeral Mass
Location:
Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Address:
7023 W. 71st St.
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66204
Date of Service:
May 30 ,2018
Time of Service:
11:00 am
Additional Information:

Reception to follow

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Condolences

Liz na Jim Kennedy May 25 ,2018

sister and brother in law ,Grand Junction ,Colorado

What a beautiful tribute to our Megs's life. May she rest in peace and be cradled in the loving arms of our Lord. You will always be in our hearts and minds especially when walking under the shade of an aspen grove searching for wildflowers.

Jane Kosmicki May 25 ,2018

Sister in law/close friend ,Aurora ,Colorado

Our hearts break for all of you. You are in our family's thoughts and prayers. -Kosmicki Family

Jerry & Saundra Adams May 25 ,2018

Friend ,Independence ,Missouri

So Sorry for your loss.Will keep you in our thoughts and Prayers

Bob Caffarelli May 25 ,2018

Friend ,Lee's Summit ,Missouri

It was with great sadness I learned of Meg's passing. While only having met Meg a few times at social events with Andy, she was always fun to be around and I thoroughly enjoyed our converations, especially all things "Colorado". I am sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy.

Ashley-Michelle May 25 ,2018

Friend ,Chico ,California

There aren't words to convey the depth of what the world has lost. For many of us, you were such a guiding light and force for good. Wherever you are now, I hope you are so deeply loved and will be dearly missed forever.

Stefanie Baker May 26 ,2018

Friend ,Mobile ,AL

I am so sad to learn of Meg's passing. She was a bright light in this world and a source of joy for myself and everyone who had the privilege to be around her. I will miss her dearly. Sending love to Andrew, Paige and the family.

Nicki Pierce May 26 ,2018

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

I volunteered with Meg at Unexpected Blooms. Hundreds have enjoyed the beautiful bouquets she made with love. She was delightful to work beside and is sadly missed. Hugs and prayers for Andy and Paige. Nicki

Karen Bailey May 27 ,2018

Unexpected Blooms ,Overland Park ,Kansas

My heart goes out to her family. When I first learned of this, I ask Caroline at Unexpected Blooms “is this our Meg, bubbly Meg, Meg who is always willing to help others and is so fun?“ May her memory be a blessing to all of you. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Karen Bailey

Katie girtman May 29 ,2018

Close friend in college study buddy ,Breckenridge ,Colorado

I am missing meg already. I will never forget when I met meg her smile brought me to her attention. She was kind and opened her arms to me when I needed a study partner in college. She and I would have long discussions about our families and school and what was going on in our lives. Her and Andy were married 1 more year more than vic and I so I felt I had a friend that I could relate to with being married for 29 years. Her daughter was also close in age with mine and they played together when we were in school together. I moved to Colorado and she loved Colorado and her and Andy came to visit. We talked about Colorado a lot. I wish we had seen more of each other after I moved. She was always was a giver to so many in so many ways, she gave me a bouquet of flowers before leaving Colorado the last time I saw her. We talked about how proud she was of Paige at the school of mines in Colorado. She was so happy to go on the cruise with Andy. She had such a big heart and such a contagious smile. She will never be forgotten. I love you meg. My heart and love goes out to the family. I am glad I had her in my life. I miss her more than ever. Love always Katie Girtman

Sue Thompson May 29 ,2018

Friend ,Mission, Ks ,Kansas

Andy and Paige, may you find some comfort in knowing we all are sad hearing of Meg's passing. She was a dear person to me, in sharing our love of quilting and crafts and her flower arrangements were fabulous. Meg loved you both very much and feels great joy in Paige's interests and great comfort in your support and steady guidance, Andy. I will miss her and want you to know she did what she could and that is all we can ask of her.

Ana Maria Valenzuela May 29 ,2018

Friend ,Honolulu ,Hawaii

I was saddened to hear about Meg passing on, today. I really liked Meg and was grateful for the opportunity to get to know her. I admired her courage and honesty. I remind myself that spirit is eternal and that Meg's spirit will always be with her family of origin and us, her expanded family, when we choose to call on her. Sending love and light to her family(ies)!

Louise (Worland) Faulkner Jun 01 ,2018

Childhood friend ,Parker ,Colorado

Meg was a laugh. Fun times we shared as children. Her daughter Paige is beautiful and Meg did a great job raising such a wonderful young woman. My heart goes out to Meg’s husband and daughter as well as her extended family. She is at peace and our prayers will ease her way to heaven. With love and prayers. The Faulkner family.

Toni Haskins Lesniak Jun 01 ,2018

friend ,Denver ,Colorado

I will always remember Meg as a dear sweet girl who loved to perform unexpected, "random" acts of kindness. For my family it was placing flowers on my sister's grave in Independence because we were not able to do so ourselves. It breaks my heart to think of her gone so soon, so young. My love and condolences to the Ivancie family and to her husband and daughter and family in Kansas.

Brenda Grothen Jun 02 ,2018

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

My heart is truly broken. Meg saved my life almost nine years ago. She was my best friend. I wish she could have seen herself the way I and God saw her. I will miss our lunches at Houlihan’s, our talks, her sense of humor and huge heart. Meg, you were the wind beneath my wings. My condolences go out to Andy and Paige. Love you Meg!