Kathleen LaiBorn on March 5, 1949 in Boston, Mass, Kathleen moved to Albion, ME not long after. The eldest of the Smith brood, Kay helped her parents raise her younger brothers and sisters on the family farm. Kathy was a graduate of the class of 1967 from Lawrence High School in Fairfield. In 1972 she started working at The Jefferson where she met Sun Lai. She and Sunny married in January of 1973 and over the subsequent decades the two would operate a series of family owned restaurants, the first of which was Chinatown on College Avenue in Waterville.While she spent many years in the restaurant business, Kathy's favorite position was manager of the Camera and Jewelry department at K-Mart. She loved interacting with her customers and those who knew her never failed to comment on her heartfelt laugh and attentive demeanor. Her compassion and empathy made her easy to talk to and hard to forget.When the weather was nice and she wasn't at work Kay could be found at the beach or on camping trips with her friend, Flo Welch, and the two families' children. From OOB to Cook's Beach, or somewhere in between, the two could be found by a body of water, a cribbage board close to hand and the sound of music and laughter and children filling the air.On December 6th, 2022, Kathleen was able to rest easy after her decades long struggle with MS. She was 73 years old. Kathy is survived by her son Christopher Lai of Tacoma, WA, grandson Nicholas Dumont and his wife Sara of Winslow, great granddaughters Diana & Camille, brother Ricky Smith and his wife Mary of Oakland, sisters Darlene Chamberlain of Fairfield & Peggy Violette & her husband Lucien of Oakland, nephews Dale Violette of Oakland, Joshua Chamberlain of Hallowell & Ming Zhang of San Francisco, CA, nieces Tabitha Lachance of Winslow, Heather Cookson of Fairfield & Kitty Zhang of San Francisco, CA.Kathy was preceded in the afterlife by her husband Sun Lai, father Montague Smith, mother Gloria Smith, brother Robbie Smith and best friend Flo Welch. No doubt she and Flo are busy catching up over coffee and cribbage, looking fondly down at those still here and cheering them on.The family wishes to express its gratitude to all those at Mount Saint Joseph who cared for Kathleen over the years.A graveside service will be held at Saint Francis Cemetery on Grove St at 11:30 am, Wednesday December 14th. Family and friends are invited to attend.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: http://msfocus.org/Home.aspx."Truth is always a perennial discovery. Though the language and ideas that we use to articulate it are continually changing, its core resonance is constant and inviolable. It is always fundamentally the same. We can but offer our own knowing of it." --Neil Kramer, The Unfoldment, p.13.