Lillian Abell Kidwell, 92, of East Grundy Avenue, Springfield, passed away at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 25, 2017, at her home.A native of Washington County, she was born on June 3, 1925, to the late William Joseph "W.J." and Nellie Rudd Smith
.She was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church and attended Fredricktown High School. After moving to Louisville at the age of 16, she attended St. Helena's Commercial College, then Nazareth College, now Spalding University, where she studied photography and medical technology. She had one year of internship in the clinical lab at St. Joseph Hospital before passing the national registry to become a registered medical technologist A.S.C.P., a career she continued until her retirement. Lillian was also very involved in agriculture and enjoyed managing the family farm.Preceding her in death was her first husband, James Cyril Abell on Nov. 15, 1970; her second husband, Julian P. Kidwell on Sept. 20, 2003; a grandson, Jonathon Cyril Abell on Jan. 10, 2011; a brother, Richard Smith; a sister, Patricia O'Bryan and a special aunt, Sr. Sarah Frances Rudd.Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Ray (Russell), Margaret Platt (Ray) and Mary Alice Smith (Wayne) all of Springfield; five sons, James Abell of Springfield, Michael Abell (Teresa) of Springfield, Dr. John Abell of Albany, Georgia, Billy Abell (Rose Marie) of Springfield and Patrick Abell (Laura) of Louisville; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Clarine Carrico, Rebecca Carrico (Jimmie), Regina Carrico (Leo) and Fay Smith (Roy) all of Springfield and Sarah Frances Jones (Joseph "Casey") of Louisville and four brothers, Robert Smith (Beverly) of Campbellsville, Joe Murray Smith (Imelda) of Warner Robbins, Georgia, Albertus Smith (Linda) of Cox's Creek and Bernard Smith (Rosemary) of Louisville.A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 28, at St. Rose Catholic Church with Rev. John Sica, O.P., officiating.Burial was in the St. Rose Cemetery.Serving as pallbearers were grandchildren, David Platt, Jeremy Abell, Katie Sims, Anne Marie Payne, Adam Abell, Brittany Smith and Jennifer Short.The remaining grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening by Rev. Kevin McGrath, O.P. at Carey & Son Funeral Home which was in charge of arrangements.