LaDawn Frances Smith

College Station, Texas


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November 23, 1967 – April 18, 2013

On Thursday, April 18, LaDawn Frances Deuel Smith went to be in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ where she is now praising Him without pain or suffering. LaDawn was born on November 23, 1967 in Bryan, TX to Lloyd and Vicki Deuel. She graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in 1985 and from Texas A&M University with a speech communications degree in 1989. She married Robert S. Smith in December of 1990 and they had three children together – Robby Stephany Smith, Kayley Brooke Smith, and Brandon Robert Smith. During the last few years of her life, LaDawn lived in the loving care of her parents here in College Station.

LaDawn loved people and always had a smile on her face in everything she did. She loved all of the classes she got to substitute teach for in College Station Independent School District. She was passionate about engaging her students in new and exciting ways. Investing in these kids reminded her of how much she valued and loved her own three.

Nothing gave her more joy than raising Robby Stephany, Kayley, and Brandon. She taught them all to love well and work hard. She constantly shared everything she had and made it possible for her children to achieve their goals and dreams. She loved watching them do many wonderful things from traveling for sports, playing on varsity teams, and competing in contests around the country to studying abroad, going on missions, and helping those in need. No matter what, she put her kids above herself, providing for them before her own needs. One thing she always said is, "what's mine is yours."

Some of her most cherished memories included her time as a Bengal Belle and as a flautist in the band at A&M Consolidated High School. She never stopped dancing throughout her life. She always wanted to be going and moving, whether just around town, at the lake with family, or traveling. She valued all of the friendships she made through all of her activities from dance friends to brownies, student council classmates to college co-workers, and Bible study ladies to her new-found nurse friends.

More important to her than anything else in the world was her faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She taught Sunday school, helped with AWANA's, worked in the nursery and for the mother's day out program, and always made sure her children were as involved as possible. She was actively involved in her Sunday School class and even attended the Easter service while in the middle of intense treatment.

One of her favorite Scripture passages was Psalm 103:1-5
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefit 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."

In lieu of flowers, a college fund has been set-up at the Bank and Trust in College Station. If you would like to contribute, please contact them in regards to the LaDawn Smith Memorial Fund.

LaDawn is survived by her parents, Lloyd and Vicki Deuel, her three children Robby Stephany, Kayley, and Brandon Smith, her brother Andy Deuel, sister-in-law Chantale Deuel, nieces Taylor and Carley Deuel, grandmother Maxine Eastwood, uncles Ernest Eastwood, Terry Eastwood, James Deuel, Leslie Deuel, Charlie Deuel, and aunts Cheryl Eastwood and Mary Kay Hall. She has many cousins, other family members, and friends.

Visitation with the family will be on Monday, April 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. in The Gathering at Central Baptist Church's Family Life Center. The memorial service will be held at Central Baptist at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 23. Pallbearers will be her brother and cousins: Chet, Carl, Brian, and Cade Deaver; Andy, Joe, and Charles Deuel. Honorary pallbearer: Brandon Smith. Those attending the memorial please wear your Aggie maroon.

We sincerely thank Dr. Erin Fleener and the staff at St. Joseph Cancer Center for all of their life-prolonging care.

This obituary was originally published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle.

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Praying for the Smith, Deuel and Eastwood families. May God grant you grace in your loss.
Blessings, Brad, Robin and Zoe Wheeler
Tom and Aida Eastwood

La Dawn was one of my first friends when I moved to College Station in 1980. She made an effort to befriend the new kid in school and town. Such a sweet and kind heart. May God give patience to her family.

I just learned of LaDawn's passing today. I was a classmate, friend, and neighbor of hers back in high school. What I remember most about her is her optimism, passion for life, her beautiful smile, and how she always thought about others. She is one of the nicest people I ever met. So sad to hear about her passing since I have often wondered another her after we lost touch. I'm glad she is up in Heaven with the Lord. May you rest in peace forever LaDawn.

Please accept the condolences of the Steve Hays Family. LaDawn babysat for our eldest children Sophie and Sam when she was in High School and College. Later her eldest daughter Robby and our youngest, Sally, became friends in the same grade at Brazos Christian and then A+M Consolidated. LaDawn was always the sweetest most caring person I have had the honor to know. She was such an encourager, always concerned about you and your family, an optimist and of course a Christian with the light of...

We regret that we lost touch with LaDawn years ago. Attending Muster this year we were shocked and heartbroken to hear her name called. LaDawn was a precious lady and will be truly missed. We thank God for her salvation and will continue to pray for peace for all who mourn her.

LaDawn was such a very special and loving person. She will be missed dearly. Prayers for LaDawn's family, please know you have a very special ANGEL to watch over you now.

My Mother and I ran into LaDawn last April. My Mom's breast cancer came back and she was going through chemo. LaDawn was full of encouragement and suggestions! Even though she was fighting her own battle she found words of praise and encouragement for our Lord, her doctors and my mother who she had just met. This moment in time for me is a perfect example of the type of person that LaDawn was. My heartfelt condolensces to her family!

If ever there was an angel on earth it was LaDawn. You know life isn't easy and she'd had her times, too. But, if you didn't know her fairly personally, and even then sometimes, you would have never guessed she was anything but beautifully happy go lucky filled with Gods light and love. She always made me feel so warm and special in her presence. She, Brandon, and the entire Deuel family always welcomed me, my family and especially my Jordan-Bird into their home filled with love and...

I was blessed to know LaDawn in high school band. We could see her love for Christ in her generosity and gentle demeanor. My prayers and condolences to her family. God bless!!
ACHS 1984