Wanda H. Smith

August 25, 1941March 24, 2020

Wanda Howell Smith passed away on March 24, 2020 at Willis Knighton Bossier with her family by her side. A private family service is being held for Wanda.

Wanda was born August 25, 1941 in Gibsland, Louisiana and educated at Arcadia High School and Louisiana Tech University. She was involved in many community and social organizations throughout her life; including The Krewe of Elders, Commission for Women, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Bossier Parish 911 Board, Amiga Dance Club and Cypress Area Garden Club. She was also a member of First Baptist Bossier and enjoyed singing in the choir.

Preceding Wanda in her death are her beloved husband, James S. Smith, Jr. and her parents Richard C. Howell, who lost his life in World War II, and Lillian Shaffer Howell. She is survived by her daughter, Kim O’Kelley Fluegge; daughter, Julie O’Kelley Wiggins and her husband Brian; grandchildren, Collin Wiggins, Lauren Fluegge and Parker Fluegge; and numerous exceptional friends.

The family would like to express appreciation to the physicians, nurses and health care providers for their compassionate care.

Memorial donations can be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


  • James S. Smith, Jr., Husband (deceased)
  • Richard C. Howell and Lillian Shaffer Howell, Parents (deceased)
  • Kim O'Kelley Fluegge, Daughter
  • Julie O'Kelley Wiggins (Brian), Daughter
  • Collin Wiggins, Lauren Fluegge, and Parker Fluegge, Grandchildren

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


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Floy Rabinowitz

March 27, 2020

Mrs. Wanda was the most genteel and sweetest lady I’ve ever known. Involved in her community, she lived life to the fullest. She loved her kids and grandchildren with all her heart. This beautiful lady will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. I pray for your comfort.

Mattie Jacks-Mosley

March 27, 2020

Dear Julie and Kim,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the death of your dear mother. Wanda was on e of the loveliest people I have ever known both in her physical beauty and her personality! Through the years I have so much enjoyed knowing her and I also know what a wonderful. mother she was to you both and how proud she was of you and her grands! I know she has been through some illnesses that have been so hard on her. If I can help in any way, please let me know.
I hope you will stay in touch with the Jacks family. I, of course, am your father's first cousin. His mother was my Aunt Esther and I have always felt kinship to Wanda. I remember, Julie, you were such a n excellent student at LSUS. What a pleasure to teach you. And Kim, thanks for speaking to me that day at Highland. I should have checked further about your mother's health. Please know that you are in my prayers and I will always remember your mother for her grace and spirit!
Mattie Lee Jacks Mosley
p.s. Please send me your phone numbers and/or an address so I can keep in touch.

Susan Esst

March 27, 2020

I loved serving on the Commission for Women of Bossier City with Wanda. She was a wonderful mentor to the high school girls that she mentored. She was an amazing friend that I will miss dearly. Prayers to her family🙏🏻

Daniel OBrien

March 26, 2020

I was so saddened to hear of Wanda’s passing. She was the sweetest aunt anyone could ever have.

I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, but spent many childhood vacations visiting family in Louisiana during my formative years. Wanda was the type of person a teenager could talk to without judgement, and with only sympathy and kindness. When others had disagreements, she found reconciliation.

What could make a person who lost her father at such an early age such an optimist? Perhaps some people are touched by God and Wanda was one of them.

My deepest condolences to Kim, Julie, and the entire family.

Betty Poche

March 26, 2020

Kim and Julie, I’d like to express our sympathy to your and your families in the death of your mom and our friend. I know she will be sorely missed!

Patti Moon

March 26, 2020

Julie and Kim and family,
I'm saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Wanda. She and my mom, DeLaine Murphy, have been friends for a long time and shared many great memories together in Merry Woods and beyond. I recently became one of her facebook friends and thought it was so cool that I could be in touch with her through this. She has always been one of the sweetest friends of my mom's and the last time I saw her was at mom's funeral in December. She has always had such a sweet spirit and sweet smile to share just like my mom had. I will so miss her and my heart hurts for you all. Rest in peace knowing that my mom and your mom are having the best time visiting and catching up on things up in heaven and are completely healed with their savior, Jesus Christ. Love and hugs to you all!

Randy Rowe

March 26, 2020

I have known Wanda for many years, first I served with her on the Bossier Parish 911 Board and sang with her in the choir at FBB. I have always thought of her as a very kind and 'classy' lady who loved her family and her Lord. I have seen her and talked with her fairly recently and she has not changed, only her health had changed. I will miss seeing and talking with her. My condolences and prayers go out to her family.

Randy Rowe

Robin Simmons

March 26, 2020

To Wanda's Family;

Your mom was one of the sweetest ladies I know. I had the privilege of singing with and sitting by her in the choir at First Bossier. She was beautiful inside and out and always encouraging. I never saw her without a smile on her face. She will be missed, but I also know that she is with James, whom she loved dearly.
My prayers are and will be with you during this difficult time.

Rest in Peace Wanda

Robin Simmons