OBITUARY

Sandra Sue Smith

April 24, 1939August 22, 2018

"My grandma had the biggest heart. If you ever needed something she was the first person to be there. Her door was always open, to match her open loving heart," Grandson Alex Smith

Loving wife, daughter, grandma, & friend Sandra Sue Smith passed peacefully in her sleep on August 22nd, 2018, at age 79. Sandra was born in Fairview Missouri on April 24th, 1939 to mother Marilyn & Father Ruben Summers. Sandra grew up in Fairview enjoying all walks of a small town life. She used to say, "I couldn't get away with anything. My mother knew what I was into before I ever had a chance to make it home." Sandra Graduated from Fairview High School in the summer of 1956. The 5 years later she married the love of her life Walter T Smith. A few years later they moved from the mid-west to Lynnwood Washington, where they made a life working and raising their two sons Jeff and Barry. Sandra worked for 35 years at Sears Department store after she retired Sandra enjoyed watching her 5 grandchildren: Anthony, Alex, Shelby, Kiara, and Adrian grow up playing in the same house her two sons grew up in.

Sandra has was also blessed to see 4 of her great grandkids: Liam, Ava, Corbin and Amelia play in the very same house, when the house was empty and the family going about their day, Sandra and Walter would enjoy evening walks, square-dancing, gardening, and making the best peanut brittle this side of the mountains.

Sandra Sue Smith's memorial service will be held Wednesday September 5th 2018 at 4 pm at Evergreen Funeral Home, Everett, WA. Viewing will begin at 3 p.m., a reception will follow the service at the funeral home.

Sandra Smith will then be making the trip back to Missouri to be laid to rest next to her family. Graveside Service will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Dice Cemetery, Fairview, Missouri, with arrangements by Bennett & Wormington Funeral Home, Monett, MO.

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Graveside Service Sunday, September 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Sandra Sue Smith

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Jennifer Winter-Zimmerman

September 6, 2018

One more... When I was about 10 years old I started sewing clothes for my dolls. I showed Sue some of the dresses I had made and she said, “you know, theses are so beautiful you could sell these”. What an encouraging and wonderful thing to say to a child preparing for the world of business.

Jennifer Winter-Zimmerman

September 6, 2018

I remember during one really difficult time in my life I talked with her after she and Betty shared an outing to the florist/wholesaler. I confided in her and she listened attentively, gave me a little advice, nothing too imposing, and then let me know she was always available for me to talk to.
Another time I talked to your mom about my struggle with my sweet tooth. I remember telling her that I love something sweet with cottage cheese. She said, sometimes I crave cottage cheese with tomato. Really? Out of all the fun foods in the world the one you crave the most is cottage cheese with tomato? Even her sweet tooth was elegant and modest 😊
Your mom enriched every life she touched with care, loyalty, steadfastness, beauty, acceptance, humor, simple pleasures, and love. She was a pillar of support for everyone who knew her. I will miss her greatly and I’m comforted knowing her legacy will live on with her two sons and with the many people who loved her. Her legacy will live on with me and my family. I will think of her every time I cook dinner for my family, clean the house for my family, get dressed up and put on earrings, or prepare to entertain for friends and family. She did all these things with love and care for others. I will keep her close to my heart and try to my best to emulate her.
You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I once read a short poem that gave me some comfort and I’m hoping it will do the same for you: “Goodbye is not forever, goodbye is not the end; They simply mean I’ll miss you, until we meet again”.
At the risk of being a little imposing, which is contrary to your mom’s legacy I realize and… I’m sorry, I’d like to send you the book “Imagine Heaven” by John Burke. He interviewed about 1000 people who had near death experiences and lived to talk about them. Reading the book was helpful to me in that it provided me hope and comfort knowing that my loved one was truly in a wonderful place!

Jennifer Winter-Zimmerman

September 6, 2018

September 5th, 2018
Dear Jeff and Barry,
Please accept my condolences for the passing of you mom. Your mom and dad have been a pillar support and a source of comfort for the Winter family for many years. I will always remember the dinner parties our parents had that I was invited to join. Your dad taught me a lesson in physics: kinetic theory of matter, to be exact, when we were sitting around the fire pit in my parent’s back yard. They always made me feel so respected and loved, even though I was the imposter at their grown-up party.
I will always remember the simple pleasures we all enjoyed: a warm glowing fireplace, a beautiful home, a beautiful garden, dogs and cats (I will always remember Kilo and G.I.), a nice glass of wine, BBQ, and talking about the good ol’ days; including stories of their home in Missouri. I especially remember the one of people whittling a piece of wood while sitting on the porch shooting the breeze.
I will always remember your mom’s simple elegance. She often served shrimp in cocktail sauce over cream cheese with crackers – it was so elegant and made everyone feel special but yet she said it was so simple to make. I will always remember her peanut brittle she made and gave to friends in beautiful Christmas canisters. She made everything seem so easy. She even dressed beautifully but without any fanfare; always classic and elegant. She was always pleasant and made herself available and approachable to everyone.
Your mom was so humble but I will always remember she’d giggle just a little a bit when talking about you and your brother requesting her “twice baked” potatoes – It made her so happy and proud to be able to please her family.
I remember during one really difficult time in my life I talked with her after she and Betty shared an outing to the florist/wholesaler. I confided in her and she listened attentively, gave me a little advice, n

Candace and Mary Dunne

September 2, 2018

Sue and Walter lived across the street for thirty years and were always fun. Sue loved to tell stories, and was positive/kind all the time. Sue will be missed by all. She was game for adventure. -Candace & Mary

FROM THE FAMILY