Carolyn Kay Ravenscroft Smith

Carolyn Smith CurrentCarolyn Kay Ravenscroft Smith passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017, surrounded by her children at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Carolyn was born July 22, 1944 to Vernon and Harriett (Burkhard) Ravenscroft in Moscow, Idaho and grew up on the family farm in Tuttle, Idaho.   She graduated from Hagerman High School and the University of Idaho with a degree in Mathematics.

Carolyn Smith Younger During her freshman year at the UI, Carolyn met William A. “Bill” Smith and the two were married December 26, 1964, next to her family Christmas tree. They went on to live in Libby, Montana, Waimea (Kamuela), Hawaii, and Moscow, Idaho.  Although the couple later divorced, they made many wonderful memories while raising their four children.

Carolyn was a dedicated to serving her community, and over the years she volunteered with many organizations including Meals on Wheels, Campfire, 4-H, Moscow Sister Cities Association, Moscow Arts Commission, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and the Steel House Board of Directors.  In her personal time, she enjoyed reading, sewing, needlework, gardening, and travel.  Whether in the U.S. or abroad, Carolyn took every opportunity to explore the world with her family.

Carolyn’s vocation was teaching.  She completed a Master’s Degree in Teaching in Mathematics at the University of Idaho in 1985, and she went on to a 28-year career as an Instructor in Mathematics at first the University of Idaho and then Washington State University.

She is survived by her four children: Jennifer (Raymond) Wallace of Moscow, Idaho, Stephanie (Eric) Childress of Dalton Gardens, Idaho, Brant Smith (Jennifer Cornell) of Raymond, New Hampshire, and Joanna (Andrew) Todd of Elmhurst, Illinois; as well as her nine beloved grandchildren: Adam, Claire and Owen Wallace; Samuel (Crystal), Ian (fiancée Renee), Abigail and Emelia Childress; and William and Alexander Todd.  Carolyn is also survived by four siblings and ten nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.

A public service honoring her life will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 1:00 pm at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Moscow, Idaho.  A graveside ceremony for family will be held at a later date.

Gifts made in her memory are encouraged to:  Emmanuel Lutheran Church, The 1912 Center Windows Project, KSPS TV, Red Cross Disaster Relief, or any charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

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