COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Carolyn Kay Ravenscroft Smith


Carolyn was born July 22, 1944, to Vernon and Harriett (Burkhard) Ravenscroft in Moscow 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.

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

Carolyn was 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, first at the University of Idaho and then at Washington State University.

She is survived by her four children: Jennifer (Raymond) Wallace of Moscow; Stephanie (Eric) Childress of Dalton Gardens, Idaho; Brant Smith (Jennifer Cornell) of Raymond, N.H.; and Joanna (Andrew) Todd of Elmhurst, Ill.; 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 also is survived by four siblings and 10 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.