Laurie Sue Smith, of El Paso, Texas, left this Earth to join her Savior on April 6, 2014, with her family and friends at her side. At her request, no services were held.
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Laurie was born in El Paso on May 9, 1960, where she attended Parkland and Austin High School. On Nov. 3, 1978, she and Francisco Hernandez wed and not long after gave birth to a daughter, Amber Maria Hernandez. She and her husband and daughter left El Paso in 1982, first to Harker Heights, Texas, and then in 1983 to Fairbanks.
While there she made many friends as she was one who "never met a stranger." She eventually relocated to Medford, Ore., where she opened her own business, LSCM Co., enjoying much success. Because of her physical limitations, she was forced to retire and move to Pasadena, Texas, with her brother, Jack Smith.
In summer 2006, Laurie recommitted her life to Jesus Christ. Her faith became most important to her. She would share the word of God freely and with conviction, especially with her family. Even while living so many miles away, Laurie was fiercely devoted to her daughter, Amber, and her grandchildren, praying for the day she would get to hug them. By God's grace, that day finally came.
Laurie will be remembered most for her love of Jesus but also her storytelling, her generosity, her beautiful laugh and the gift of always remembering birthdays and anniversaries.
Laurie is survived by her daughter, Amber Hernandez, of Fairbanks; grandchildren, Trinity Ante and Shane Ante, of Fairbanks; brother, Richard Smith; brother, Jack Smith; uncle, Wayne Smith, and her nieces, Carol Head and Kimberly Johnson.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 29, 2014