POINT PLEASANT — Gayla Ann Smith was called home Tuesday April 15, 2014, while at Pleasant Valley Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
Gayla was born in Point Pleasant on Feb. 17, 1954, and was the daughter of the late Janet Casey.
Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Mike Casey.
Gayla was a complete joy to be around. She loved spending time with her family, enjoyed watching the Food Channel and was an avid West Virginia University football fan. Gayla was a member of New Hope Church and loved her church family. You did not have to ask what her biggest joy was; you simply just had to watch her as she was supporting her grandson, Ian Bradley Smith. No matter what he was doing — basketball, baseball, it didn't matter — Gayla was there supporting and coaching him to ensure he did his very best.
Gayla was a very gentle and caring mother, wife and grandmother who loved her family. Above all else, she took great pride in each of her children and their accomplishments.
While the heavens receive a new angel, Gayla leaves behind her loving husband, Rick, and their three children: Chris Smith, Shane (Kara) Smith and Amy (David) Smith-Nelson; one brother, Sam Hall; and three sisters, Vicki (Jerry) Moore, Paula Keefer and Belinda Hacker-Stewart.
Also surviving are her best friend Barb Cavender, of Winfield, which she enjoyed ball games and lunches with; and the one that put the biggest smile on her face, her pride and joy, grandson Ian Bradley Smith.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate the life of Gayla Smith at 6 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at Crow-Hussell Funeral Home, with a funeral service officiated by Pastor Steven Sanderson to follow at 8:30 p.m.
Friends and family may register online at:crowhussellfh.com.