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Ms. Patricia Kate (Smith) Bowden, 70, of Altha, FL, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Panama City, FL. Pat was born on May 22, 1941, in Blountstown, FL, and had lived in Calhoun County for most of her life. She retired from the Department of Revenue with the State of Florida with over 20 years of service. Pat also worked for the Department of Children and Family Services in Blountstown for a number of years. She was a 1959 graduate of Blountstown High School, a 1962 graduate of Chipola College and attended West Florida University in Pensacola. Pat was an avid Florida State Seminole fan; she loved NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; but most of all, she truly loved her family. Pat was an active Cub Scout den mother for a number of years and she helped with the Boy Scouts. She was one of the first women to receive the Silver Beaver award. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, George Edward Smith and Dorothy Nell (Love) Smith; and a son, Scott Bennett Bowden. Survivors include one son, Derry Bowden, of Altha; one daughter, Karla Nichols, and her husband, Hank, of Clarksville; three brothers, George Smith, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn, of Orange Park, FL, Roger Smith of Blountstown, and Rodney Smith and his wife, Tina, of Blountstown; one sister, Kathy Johnson, and her husband, Sammy, of Chattahoochee; four grandchildren, Heather Varnum of Bristol, Nicholas Hansford and girlfriend, Summer Attaway, of Blountstown, Laine Nichols and Hayden Nichols, both of Clarksville; three great-grandchildren, Peyton, Cadence and Ridge, all of Bristol; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday May 1, at 11 am (CDT) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jim McIntosh officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Memorial Cemetery in Blountstown. The family will receive friends Monday, April 30, from 6 pm until 8 pm (CDT) at Peavy Funeral Home. All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 674-2266).

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