Connie Smith, 82, of Odessa Texas passed away Monday, February 1, 2011 in Monahans, Texas.
Services will be at 11:00AM Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Odessa with Owen Sharp officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be at 10:00 AM prior to her service.
Connie was the loving wife of Shirreld Lee Buck Smith who proceded her in death after 48 years of marriage. She had a sister and brother that she adored.
Connie was born June 13, 1928 in Burr Valley, Oklahoma to Millard Fillmore Holcomb and Bertha Francis Burr Holcomb. She was raised on various ranches in Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico. She attended Business College in Lubbock, Texas where she met the love of her life, Buck. She later attended nursing school at Odessa College. She was an LVN and during her nursing career she was Director of Nurses at Deerings West Nursing Home. She was a loving and dedicated nurse and encouraged those under her directions to strive for excellence in the nursing profession.
Connie was a member of Crescent Park Baptist Church and she was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 447. After her retirement from nursing, Connie enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and she was always ready to share a cup of coffee with her many cherished friends.
Her memory will be carried forward by her adoring children, daughters Paula Wilson of Ballinger, Tx, Gail Hurst and husband Gary of McGregor, Texas, and son Joe Thad Toby Smith of Odessa, Tx. Memories of her life will be passed on to her grandchildren Holly Bennett and husband Doug of Hewitt, Tx , Heather Strahan and husband Matt of Woodway, Tx, Klarissa Johnston and husband Scott of Vanderpool , Tx, Krystal Peter and husband Orion of Odessa,Tx and Stanley Ray Wilson and wife Stephanie of Dodge City , Kansas she had 8 great grandchildren and many neices and nephews that she loved deeply. Connie was much more than a mother and a grandmother to her family, she was a friend and that friendship will be truly missed.
The family would like to express gratitude to the nurses and staff of Monahans Managed Care of Monahans, Tx, and to the nurses and staff of Compass Hospice of Odessa, TX for the loving care given to our mother during her illness.
A very special thank you to Betty Turner who was with mother when she passed away. We will forever be grateful for your friendship and help during this difficult time.
Those wishing to make a memorial may do so to Monahans Manage CareScholarship Fund or to Compass Hospice of Odessa, Tx or the charity of your choice.
Our hearts and prayers go out to you Paula, Gail, Toby and families at this time of loss. Aunt Connie was a very special lady and will be greatly missed. May god give you peace during this time. Lynn and I have such wonderful memories of Aunt Connie, Uncle Buck, Odessa and Cisco that will remain in our hearts forever. Love to you all
Lynn Smith Hansen, Sherri Smith Whitaker and families
Sherri Smith WhitakerBurleson, TX
From one of the staff members at Monahans Managed Care Center.... we will miss you Ms Connie, you had the most beautiful sparkle in your eyes, and it was a pleasure to sit and visit with you.... you had a little smile on your face that let us know... you knew a little more than you let on..hahaha you were just so special. Rest in peace, and keep an eye on the rest of us. May God Bless and embrace all of your family.
Vori BalderazMonahans, TX
A life filled with memories and work for others. Have a great reunion with Sis and Son.
Mary RudyFlora, MS
Connie was my best friend, although she was old enough to be my mother. I really didnt get to know her until after Buck died. We solved so many problems and lost so much weight together we gained it too...I know one thing for sure she loved her family and did she tell some stories on all of you. Our favorite saying was This to shall pass.. well Connie you have passed into the house of the Lord and you will be in my heart forever. I will miss you. I love you, Betty
Betty TurnerMonahans, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Connies family at this time of loss. She and Uncle Buck were very special people. I love them both very much and have so many sweet memories of both Odessa and Cisco family times.
With all my love, Robbie
Robbie MayhallKaty, TX
TO JOE FAMILY, WE KNOW YOU STILL WILL HAVE ALL THOSE MEMORIES, AND LOVE THAT YOUR MOTHER GAVE EACH OF YOU. AND YOU WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER. HER SWEET SMILE AND HER SOFT VOICE. MAY GOD HOLD YOU CLOSE IN HIS HEART.AS YOU GO THUR THIS GOD BLESS. BILL AND SOCORRO HIITOLA
Bill and Socorro HiitolaOdessa, TX
connie was a delightful person to visit with.I will miss her sweet smile and cute personality.
ann taylorkermit, TX
Wishing we could be there to say our goodbyes. Thank you Lord for creating this woman who was a wonderful grandmother. May His eternal light shine upon you.
Holly Bennettwaco, TX