Lauralee Moore Smith

Lauralee Moore Smith
February 9, 1941 – February 25, 2017

Lauralee Smith, 76, of Bryan, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 25, 2017, in her home. Her family will have a Private Celebration honoring her life at later date. Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers-Bryan/College Station.

Lauralee was born to Marvin and Lucille Wyant Moore, in Clinton, Iowa on February 9, 1941. She met the love of her life, Ronald R. Smith in a bowling alley and was smitten by his winning smile AND his little red corvette. They married and lived in Thomson, Illinois Together they raised four beautiful daughters. When they lost all their earthly belongings in a house fire in Thomson Illinois, they packed up the family and moved to South Texas to be close to Lauralee’s parents who had retired there. They settled in Mission, Texas for many years, ultimately moving to Austin, Flatonia, China Spring, and Bryan, TX. They were blessed with twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Lauralee has always been known for her beautiful smile, and her desire to help others. She was an eternal optimist who would go out of her way to help a neighbor, family member or a complete stranger. She found joy in acts of kindness, whether it was volunteering to chair a social committee, or being involved in all of her daughter’s activities as they grew. She taught each of them to believe in themselves first and that there was nothing they could not do. Lauralee was always in the “service to others” business whether it was restaurant management or trying a new recipe for potluck or Bingo. Everyone smiled when they saw Lauralee coming with a covered dish. She had too many cookbooks to count and many hand-written recipes are favorites of her family to this day.

Preceding her in death are her husband Ronald Smith; her parents; her brother Marvin Jerry Moore; and a grandson, Bradley Shultze.

She is survived by her daughters April Eyeington and husband Robert of College Station, Tammy Smith Hall of Austin, Wendy Smith Jack of Luling, Stephanie Bland and husband Montie of China Spring; her sisters Jacqueline Johnson and husband Tim, Kim Kidd, and Marcille Arling and husband Harry; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Hospice Brazos Valley or a charity of your choice.

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  1. I know that your hearts hurt but remember life is for the living and your mom wanted you all to have great lives! The legacy of a life well lived is that your mother taught you to be a family. She understood what was important. It’s not that she created millionaires or world famous people even though we’d all like to be those things sometimes. Your mother’s gift to you was that she raised you to have a strong bond through all the ups and downs of life. Her testimony is the character of her children and who they are in this world. I can say this because I have known this family about 40 years. Your parents can’t always guarantee that you will be happy but in this family Lauralee Smith made sure her girls would be STRONG. I think that is a job well done and I pray that I can do the same for my children. I’ll never forget the crazy parrot who hollered “RON!” when you walked in the their door! The Smith home was a fun place to be. That is a great legacy and it shows in each of her children. May God amaze you with blessings as you get used to life with your sweet mom and dad up in heaven.

  2. Stephanie,
    Sherry and I are sorry for your loss. Please know we are praying for you and your family. We pray the Lord covers you and yours in his mercy and his grace.

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