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Bow (Cauthen) Smith

1943 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Bow (Cauthen) Smith Obituary
Bow, a life time resident of Alamogordo, 75, passed away peacefully at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, on the evening of August 5, 2018, after a courageous battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. She was born in Alamogordo in the old hospital on Ohio Avenue to Mose Croxton Cauthen, and Rossie (Cole) Cauthen on June 21, 1943. It was only fitting that a lady with such a joyous, generous, and beautiful personality was born on the summer solstice. She graduated from Alamogordo High School in 1961 and completed several college courses at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo. She possessed passion for writing and was a published author. She was very open minded and enjoyed sharing her knowledge and learning with others and always wanted to converse. She married the love of her life, TC Smith, whom she met in 5th grade. They were married 57 years. He used to carry her books home from school despite living on the other side of town in the opposite direction. They had two daughters and two grandchildren, Kathleen Lorraine and husband Joe Vann Ausdall of Alamogordo and Donna Janene of Chandler, Arizona and grandchildren, Ryan Daniel, and Megan Nicole also of Chandler, as well as many close cousins and very dear friends.
Bow spent many years as a 4-H leader in the 1970s and 80s and taught numerous 4hers to sew, cook, bake and do needle work. Her efforts were recognized nationally with two all expense paid trips to Alaska and Washington, D.C in which she was able to tour the Campbell's soup facility. Bow also worked closely with Jane Goodrich and the Alamogordo Mid High School Speech and Drama team helping as an advisor and judge for tournaments.
She was a devoted crafter making all of Donna's homecoming and prom dresses as well as many of Kathleen's horsemanship outfits. She loved to crochet creating afghans and beautiful doilies, cross stitch, and embroidery. She also taught herself how to knit.
Bow loved to travel and one of the highlights of her life was a trip to Santa Fe with her daughters and grandchildren. It was especially memorable as the new Pope was named and the church bells rang in the Plaza when he took over his official duties. Many funny adventures took place during that trip and she was even able to eat at her life long dream restaurant, the Pink Adobe, in which she had the cookbook for many years before making the trip.
Graveside Services for Bow are Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 11 am at Monte Vista Cemetery with the Reverend Tom Clifton officiating.
The Smith family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home, Inc. to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit
Published in Alamogordo Daily News on Aug. 11, 2018
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