Katherine F. Smith, 66, a former financial controller at Acropolis Books in Washington, died June 18 at her home in Alexandria. She had a heart attack, her son Charles Swanson said.
Mrs. Smith, a lifelong Alexandria resident, was an accountant at American Security Bank & Trust in the 1970s. She later spent about eight years at Acropolis Books before retiring for health reasons in the 1980s.
Katherine Frances Terlecky, who was known as Kay, was born in Alexandria. She attended St Mary’s Academy before graduating from the old George Washington High School, both in Alexandria. She graduated with honors from Northern Virginia Community College in 1977.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and later Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, both in Alexandria.
She was an award-winning oil painter and enjoyed the study of Egyptology.
Her marriages to Carl Swanson and William D. Smith ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons from her first marriage, Charles Swanson of Alexandria and Gerald Swanson of Longs, S.C.; a son from her second marriage, David J. Smith of Alexandria; a sister; Felicite Macfarlane of Potomac; and six grandchildren.