Pat Smith


Pat Smith, age 87, of Arlington, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 at the Hooper Care Center. She was born August 17, 1933 in Liberty, NE to Henry and Hilma (Breunsbach) Eckert.

Pat grew up at Valley, Nebraska and was a 1951 graduate of Valley High School. She attended Cornhusker Beauty School in Fremont and later taught there. Pat married Clarence "Jack" Smith in 1952 in Valley, Nebraska. Jack preceded her in death on August 5, 1992. She was primarily a homemaker but did own Brides Formal Affair for about 13 years and was a seamstress out of her home for many years.

Pat was a former member of Fremont Church of Christ and loved playing bridge.

She is survived by son, Johnny (Chris) Smith of Ceresco, NE; daughters, Julie Matthews of Arlington and Jaynee (Randy) Steeves of Grantsville, UT; brother, Mark Eckert of Arlington; sister, Nyla Horvatich (Jim) of Hooper; sister-in-law, Dawn Eckert of CA; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Scipio Eckert; and sister-in-law, Aggie Eckert.

Funeral will be Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home in Arlington. Pastor Dondi Eckert will officiate. Visitation will be 5-8 PM on Tuesday also at Reckmeyer-Moser's.

Interment will be at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, NE.

Online condolences at

Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home, 232 West Eagle, Arlington, 68002 402-478-4151.