Our friend and longtime TAM Patricia Smiley passed away last Thursday, April 20. She was surrounded by family in the comfort of her home.
Patricia was one of the first TAMs and provided wonderful advice and support when Tammy Radio went independent. A regular contributor for the blog and excellent researcher and helper for Tammy Radio, her support and friendship really helped make our work easier, smarter and more successful.
On Twitter, she was always active, sharing stories and making sure her followers were well informed and encouraged. Her pups and social media representatives, Pippa and Corkie, would always make me smile. In addition to being a great independent conservative, like most of us, she was an animal advocate, always looking out for those without a voice.
I had the pleasure of meeting her at a Sarah Palin event back in 2011, and she was as wonderful as I expected. I’m honored that Patricia chose to be a TAM and impressed that she made such a big difference in everyone’s lives.
She will be missed.
Here’s a bit of her obituary in The Daily Progress. Please click through to read the whole thing. I know many of you have recollections about Patricia. I’m looking forward to seeing your comments.
Patricia Jeneane Smiley, 66, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, April 20, 2017. She was born on February 13, 1951, in Charlottesville, a daughter of the late Claude Elliott Smiley and Frances Alease (Tolley) Smiley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Claude Elliott Smiley Jr. Patricia is survived by her life partner of 28 years, Linda R. Bolling; her precious dogs, Pippa and Corkie; her brother, Grover Smiley and wife, Paula…
All of Linda’s grandchildren knew her as Ms. Pat. Patricia loved her work and colleagues at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory as a Communications Coordinator and Graphic Designer for forty-one years. She loved her friends and family. Patricia lived her life as a positive, generous, hardworking, creative, and fun loving woman. She learned how to live in the moment and that each experience in her journey was beneficial to growth. Thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at University of Virginia Medical Centerand to the angels from Hospice that helped us through this end of life journey. A special thanks to Paula Smiley, Ellen Pace and Donna Morris for your continual support. We extend our appreciation to the congregation at Grace and Glory Lutheran Church for their prayers, cards, and calls with words of encouragement. Patricia loved all animals great and small. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Caring for Creatures or Hospice of the Piedmont, in her name. We will have a gathering for family and friends at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home…