Sally Smith

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Her family was honored to be by her side as Solange (Sally) Marie Thérèse Lepage-Smith, after a very brief illness, passed away peacefully on Monday April 8, 2013 at the age of 83. Sally was born in Vonda, Saskatchewan on January 3, 1930 to Dumont Lepage and Rose Loiselle-Lepage. She moved to Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan with her family in 1944, where she completed her secondary education (high school) at Thevenet College and later attended classes in business and music. It was in Gravelbourg that she met her future husband, Billie Smith, an oilfield worker from Livingston, Texas. The two were wed in October of 1951. Billie and Sally moved to Houston, TX and settled in Pasadena where they raised six children. Following her years as a housewife she began a career with Gordon's Jewelers, from which she retired after 15 years of service.

Sally was a wonderful wife, a selfless mother to her six children, and a devout Christian. She multi-tasked before there was such a term. Whether attending ball games, track meets, swim meets, ER rooms and the all-too-often parent-teacher conference, she was always supportive, offering unending encouragement while instilling Christian values.

She kept her calendar full. She had numerous interests and gave cheerfully of her time and resources. She was active in her prior church, St. Pius V (Pasadena) where she was a soloist in the choir, and her current, St. Hyacinth Catholic Church. Everyone knew when Sally was in church, whether she was singing from the choir loft or the pew. Her voice was loved by all. She was a former member of the Knights of Columbus #3700 Ladies Auxiliary and at the time of her passing was an active member of St. Pius V Sunshiners, the Pasadena Red Hatters, the Deer Park Art League, St. Hyacinth 55+ Club, and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Classic Club. She was an active participant at the Madison Jobe Senior Center where she enjoyed her regular Bridge group and countless activities, and could occasionally be found at one of the nearby casinos. She was acknowledged by the City of Pasadena for her many hours of volunteerism and by Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital for the hundreds of infant caps that she knitted and donated for the pediatric unit's newborns over many years. In her "free" time she loved painting in oil, and each year would select one of her paintings to use in her personalized Christmas card. Her love of travel took her on frequent cruises and all over the world, but she especially enjoyed her annual treks back to her French-Canadian roots to visit the extended family that she dearly loved.

She transitioned through the many phases of her life with grace and joy. She was a tremendous role model to her family and friends with her humility and unending optimism.

Solange, Sally, Mom, Nanny will be remembered fondly by many for her infectious laughter, her faith and her compassion, but she will be mostly remembered for her "joie de vivre" or "joy of life". This joy was shared with a long and fortunate list of friends and family members that had the pleasure to find themselves in her company.

She is survived by her six children, Paulette Fisher (Johnny), Dumont Smith, Gisele Lucas, Paul Smith (Christine), Carl Norman Smith (Susan) and Jocelyne Huckabay (Steve), all living in the greater Houston area. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Valerie Wood, Melissa St. Pierre, Aimee Cropanese, Megan and Cole Huckabay, Rachel, Cara and Ashlyn Smith, Andrea, Erin and Daniel Lucas, six great-grandchildren, Ryan Wood, Jason and Elizabeth St. Pierre, Zachary Clapper, and Michael and Gabrielle Cropanese, as well as by her two brothers, Norbert Lepage (Francis) of Regina, Saskatchewan and Pierre Lepage (Jill) of Toronto, Ontario along with many nieces and nephews from both the Smith and Lepage families. She was predeceased by her husband Billie in 2006, her parents, Dumont Lepage (1974) and Rose Loiselle-Lepage (1996).

The family would like to thank the countless friends and travel companions, family and colleagues that helped make Sally's life so rich and so full.

There will be two occasions for friends and family to honor and celebrate of her life. There will be a Rosary held on the evening of Friday, April 19th at 7:30 at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, 2921 Center Street in Deer Park. On the morning of Saturday April 20th there will be a visitation at 10:00, a memorial mass at 11:00 at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, followed by a reception and lunch at St. Hyacinth's Guyot Hall. In accordance with her wishes, her cremated remains will be interned with her husband at Veterans Memorial Cemetery and with her parents in Vonda in private ceremonies at later dates. Arrangements are being handled by Deer Park Funeral Directors.

In honor of Sally, and in lieu of flowers, an art scholarship is being established in her name. Those that wish to give in her memory are asked to mail checks to DEER PARK ART LEAGUE (note Sally Smith Scholarship Fund) to 202 West Forrest Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536.

Published on from Apr. 13 to Apr. 26, 2013