Kathryn Harrod “Kitty” Smith


After more than a decade of combating immune suppressive health problems from Myasthenia Gravis, Kathryn Harrod Smith (Kitty) succumbed to cancer on Dec 1, 2010. She was 55.

Kitty was a generous, loving, giving Mother, Sister, Friend and Wife. An accomplished sailor, talented chef, impromptu party planner, design guru, crossword aficionado, and passionate animal rescuer, Kitty was so much to so many.

Kitty, daughter of Jodeane Collins Harrod and Ron Harrod, was a native Californian raised in Corona del Mar graduating from Corona del Mar High School in 1972.   She then attended ASU as an Interior Design Major.

Kitty Smith PhotoAfter her marriage to Robert Smith of Indiana they moved to Laguna Beach converting a tiny bungalow to a multi-story home for family and friends to gather for good times.  Everyone thrived on Kitty’s embracing hospitality and open door principle. Time with Kitty was always abundantly filled with great food, good wine, lively conversations and much laughter.

Her days were full; running errands for the disabled, taxiing kids to n’ fro events, cooking up great meals for family and the neighborhood, caring for the animals; and making life better for everyone around her.

Kitty is survived by her husband Robert Smith, son Collin, daughter Cassie, home in Laguna Beach, her sister Janeanne Rinaldi and husband John in Santa Barbara and father Ron Harrod in Corona del Mar.  In lieu of flowers Kitty’s family would appreciate donations to your favorite Animal Shelter.

Memories recounted, glasses raised, laughter and tears shared for Kitty will be ongoing; daily, weekly and forever by all whose lives were so enriched by having Kitty a part of them.

No date has yet been set for Kitty’s Celebration of Life get together.

Loved by many, missed by all, Kitty is once again with her Mom and many beloved family members, pets and friends who preceded her.