OBITUARY

Narumi Smith

June 10, 1960May 4, 2019
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Narumi Smith née Shimomura, 58 years old of Houston, Texas at her death on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at the Houston Hospice Center passed into her life eternal.

On June 10, 1960, Narumi was born in Yachi, Yamagata in Japan. She was born in the home of her parents Shoji and Hisae Shimomura. She was the second child born to the Shimomuras. Her sister, Hitomi was born in the hospital in Kaminoyama, Yamagata, Japan.

Narumi lived in Yachi and Tendo in Yamagata where her twin sons were born. Following the death of her first husband Yasuo Abe, she moved to America and began living with her sister in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. While there she met and married Bradley Smith. During this time she earned an Associates Degree in Business. Following graduation, she and her family moved to Perryville, Missouri. Later they moved to Kaneohe, Hawaii for 6 years. Following the twins’ graduation from high school, Brad and Narumi returned to the mainland to Green City, Missouri for a couple of years. After their time in Green City was completed, they moved to Houston, Texas in 2008. She lived here until the time of her passing.

She was employed by the Sumitomo Corporation of America, Houston Branch, for more than 10 years. While working there she grew to love working with her colleagues and was passionate about her job as an Executive Assistant to the General Manager. Even during her battle with cancer, she desired to return to work and to be reunited with her colleagues and friends. She enjoyed helping and serving others at work and outside of her job.

She is survived by her husband, Bradley Smith of Houston, Texas, her children Takayasu Abe and his wife Ayako née Sakai and their son Sage of Chicago, Illinois, and Hiroyasu Abe of Yamato, Kanagawa, Japan.

She is also survived by her parents Shoji and Hisae Shimomura of Yachi, Yamagata, Japan, her sister Hitomi Scott née Shimomura and husband Stephen of Dallas, Texas along with other family members, numerous friends, and colleagues.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 10:00 am until 11:00 with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 am in The Hunters Creek Chapel at Earthman Funeral Directors, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024 with a reception to follow in the Event Room.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family asks that donations be made in Narumi’s honor to Houston Hospice http://www.houstonhospice.org/donate.aspx or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate .

Services

  • Visitation with the family Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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Bradley Smith

May 8, 2019

I thank God for putting us together and allowing me to have 24 years with a wonderful wife. Life for me will go on as I cherish every memory, remembering the things that only husbands and wives talk about. We are always together. I will try to follow through with my stem cell transplant as you asked me to do. Love you forever!!!

Beverly Kronjaeger

May 8, 2019

My heart is heavy at this world's loss of Narumi. She brought joy to all she knew. From the day I met her, she's had a special place in my heart.

She loved the Lord Jesus and loved learning His Word. Her quiet spirit drew people to her and her joy and giving heart was an example of how the Lord calls us to live. Her smile and laugh was infectious. I miss her.

Even though my heart is sad at Narumi's passing, my heart is also happy that I will see her again in heaven! The Bible in 2 Corinthians 5:8 says, "to be absent in the body is to be at home with the Lord". I look forward to that day.

Pastor Brad, Jim and I are praying for God's grace and peace for you, Hiro, Taka and his family, and all of Narumi's family.

Adityo Nugroho

May 8, 2019

I am extremely crushed when I heard about Narumi's passing. She had always been so selfless and humble all along as I know her and her beloved husband Pastor Brad and her amazing twin sons Taka and Hiro who I consider as my own brothers.

You are in the best place now with our Lord, Narumi. No more pain, but eternal joy, peace and rest with Him. You will always be remembered. Until we meet again..

Pastor Brad, Taka and Hiro, I am with you in prayers... may God alone strengthen and comfort all of you and the whole family..

Harold & Philena Scott

May 7, 2019

Our heart's are so crushed by the passing of Narumi, even more so that we can't attend her Memorial Service. Our love and prayers to all the family. Harold & Philena

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