Patricia High Smith

Profile Updated: September 1, 2014
Residing In: Silsbee, TX USA
Spouse/Partner First Name: Steve
Occupation: retired teacher
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Career, Life Experiences:

After graduating from HPHS, and being arrested for vandalizm* on graduation night, I went on to K-State. I met my husband, Steve, there, and we were married in 1963. We have two great kids (both Texas A&M grads---whoop!) and three wonderful grandchildren. Our children and spouses all live within 30 minutes of us, and none of the grandchildren are teenagers yet, so life is good.

Steve was in ROTC in college, so we let the Air Force move us for the first 5 or 6 moves (TX, OK, AK, Germany). We live in Silsbee, TX now, and it was our 17th move. We have been here 34 years, so you know we were busy moving around at first. I often say that Steve was kidnappped from a Gypsy camp by a nice, unassuming Kansas farm couple.

Silsbee is on the southern edge of the Piney Woods and about 50 miles from the gulf. It doesn't seem "Texasy", until you hear someone talk. Our terraine is more like Louisiana, and we are only 30 miles from there. We have 4 seasons: Mosquito, Love bug, Gnat, and Roach.

I retired from teaching elementary school in 1998, and my husband retired the next day. We have traveled a lot, but we have as much fun staying here, going up to our lake house to swim and do water sports (we quit fishing a few years ago).

Since Steve is from a small farm in Ottawa, KS, he decided to buy a tractor a few years ago in order to get back to his roots. We now have a small farm to go under the tractor. We still are gypsies, in that we go from home to home working hard and playing gently.

I am an Elder in the church (really!). I am in charge of "property", which means electrical, plumbing, flood control, etc. My number-one helper is Steve. We are busy maintaining our little church when we are in town. I also play Bridge, and have never been very proficient in it, but I love my card-playing friends. We take field trips throughout the year, and that's fun.

*Now that this is going to be preserved for posterity, I had better explain the "arrest". At about 5 AM, the morning after graduation, four of us newly-graduated seniors were spotted by a police cruiser on top of my car tearing down some of those little triangular-shaped flags at a filling station. They took us to the police station and just talked to us. They were very nice. The other "hoodlems" involved were Jackie Olson, Hilde Wanke, and George Mills. I haven't seen Jackie or George since that morning, so I hope they're still not grounded.

I can't believe that the class of '61 has gotten this OLD!!!!! I am looking forward to seeing everyone.

I was informed that I needed to edit my profile again. Does everyone do it? I would like to hear more from classmates. Update: Our son, daughter-in-law, and grandson are moving to the Chicago area for 2 years. I believe that June (Boaz) and John Clair will be a stop on the way for us when we go visit. We are going to miss the kids so much, because they have been here for more than 20 years...

School Story:

Did anyone find out who chopped down Mrs. Basket's rubber tree? I'll bet it was someone from the class of '62......Later: I have heard that it was Roger Welch, but Kermit Hollinghead got blamed for it. I also heard that Jerry Freeman chopped it down the next year. Is that correct?

I have another school story: On May 5, 1961, Capt. Alan B. Shephard was the first man to go up into space. I didn't want to miss any of that history. I was in first period Art class when he was going to splash down. I snuck out of art (not too hard to do), and went down to the cafeteria where there was the only TV set that I knew of. I watched the splash-down with the janitors and cafeteria ladies. I also watched my back for any administrators who may be looking for a stray student.

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Posted on: Jan 24, 2022 at 1:20 PM

Happy Birthday Patti-didnt see you at the Reunion. Were you there and I just missed you?

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Happy Birthday Patti! Hope you are free from the Gators loose in Silsbee and able to enjoy your day basking under the Rubber Tree. Hope all is well. Loren

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I just got a call from Mary Esther (Greenberg) Counselman. She is the sister of David Greenberg. She wanted me to know that David's daughter died suddenly yesterday at the age of 47. It was very sudden and David and the family need our prayers.

Jun 25, 2018 at 8:21 AM

I have enjoyed reading your profile! You have had lots of exciting adventures. I love reading about our classmates and what all they have seen and done. We are a great group of Kansas kids!

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Posted on: Jan 18, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Another notch on the cane. Happy Birthday Patti! Hope you are staying warm during this latest Kansas weather that has slipped down here to our part of the World. I remember when we were 15 and looked forward to Winter and would slide around in my '48 Chevy.
Best Wishes for another great year! Loren

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Posted on: Sep 01, 2017 at 9:17 PM

Patty Dear!! I see Silsbee in the last few minutes on TV and the fact that it is underwater. I hope your home is not in that water. We are saying many prayers for you and the others that are in the perils of Nature at this time. If you need anything you can call me on cell at 210-912-0728 and we will try to help you. Our love, Loren

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Jan 23, 2017 at 5:11 PM

I guess I am not going to see this website for a long time. I am trying to download it, but I keep getting a message that my computer won't download it. I hope to hear from you all sometime.

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Posted on: Jan 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Happy belated Birthday Wishes Patti! Spent some time with Richard yesterday, trying to unlock the comments section of Classmate's Profiles. Seems like the "Log In" must be done thru the Home Page, before you get access to the background history or ability to give comments. I hope everyone will be able to muddle thru the website irregularities. Did you get a good spanking? Kinda dangerous now that the whack numbers have mounted.

Jan 23, 2017 at 7:10 AM

Oh, dear! What has happened to this website? Do I have to download something? All of my notices have gone to the spam folder. I will check on what you have to say, even though it will be in the spam.

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Jan 25, 2017 at 8:28 AM

Posted on: Jan 23, 2017 at 7:07 AM

Hi, Julie. I just found all of this HPHS website in my spam folder. The format seems to have changed, and I don't know how to get it out of the folder. It wants me to download. I don't even see anyone's profiles any more. Do you know what's going on? Guess I should ask Richard.

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM
Steve and I are in the middle. Our son, Brett, and his family, Mary and Todd are on the left. Jenni and her family, Troy (husband), Andrew, and Anna are on the right. This was taken Christmas in our back yard---only kidding; it's in front of a restaurant.
Posted: Sep 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM
This picture was taken on our 50th anniversary cruise this summer. As you may notice, Steve left his tuxedo pants at home, but our brother-in-law came through with some black shorts. Steve was quite a hit on the cruise. Left to right: our daughter, Jenni; Steve's sister, Faye; Me (Patty);Steve; Steve's sister, Sylvia; our daughter-in-law, Mary. There were 14 family members together on the cruise. Great memories!