Lydia Ann Broadstreet
Lydia Ann Broadstreet, age 87, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at Glendale Gardens in Springfield after a brief illness. Her life began on April 30, 1932, in Las Animas, Colorado, the daughter of Hobart and Margaret (Townsend) Smith. Born at home in a two-room dugout her father built on land her parents homesteaded in desert-like eastern Colorado during the Great Depression, Lydia developed a deep love of nature out on the open plains. Her father took her and her siblings on frequent nature walks to explore their surroundings.
Her parents were schoolteachers moving around quite often as there was a teacher shortage during the Great Depression. Often her parents were her teachers in these small rural schools. After attending various schools in Kansas and Nebraska, she graduated from Berwyn High School in Berwyn, Nebraska.
She then went on to study art and design at Hastings College in Nebraska, also The College of Emporia in Emporia, Kansas, and Friends University in Wichita. Her career began as an artist at McCormick Armstrong Publishing Company in Wichita and at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City.
Lydia owned and operated Broadstreets, her own interior design and contemporary furniture company in Springfield. She was always seeing new perspectives on how spaces and design should look and feel. Her sense of color was unmatched. She created beautiful interiors in many banks, restaurants, hotels, businesses, and schools in the area also which included the Springfield Art Museum. After several years, she sold Broadstreets and moved to Santa Cruz, California, for a few years. She returned to Springfield and worked as a realtor for Murney Associates Real Estate firm for several years until her retirement.
Lydia had a bright, welcoming smile and had a score of good friends. She loved art and books and was a superior conversationalist. She was an avid reader and a member of “The Eights” book club. She had a keen interest in family history and a strong sense of family, and knew who she was and where she came from.
Her deep love of nature led her to buy land in the Ozarks when her children were young, and they enjoyed many family picnics and outings in the hills near the stream that flowed through the land.
Lydia is survived by her daughter, Meg Mauro of Marble Falls, Arkansas; son, Jim Broadstreet of Springfield, Missouri; grandsons: Harrison and Robert Broadstreet; brother, Dr. McClure Smith and his wife Mary of Wichita, Kansas; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers: H. David Smith, Vincent T. Smith, and Dr. Daniel E. Smith.
A celebration of life is being planned for the spring of 2020. Donations in memory of Lydia may be made to the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive, Springfield, MO 65807. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.