Deborah Ann Smith

June 27, 1931April 3, 2019

Deborah Ann Smith, 87, passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cetus Ann Hurley and Thomas Hurley, and her son, Thomas Vincent Smith. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jack. She is also survived by her daughters, Amy Foley and Shannon (Keith) Peeples, and her daughter-in-law, Lisa Smith. She leaves nine grandchildren, Nick (Andrea) Peeples, Brent (Kit) Smith, Jessica Peeples, Lauren Smith, Alex Peeples, Claire (Josh) Steffens, Dylan Smith, Griffin (Molly) Foley, and Maggie Peeples. Harper Peeples, Henry Steffens, and Whitley Peeples were her beloved great-grandchildren.

Deborah graduated from St. Teresa Academy in 1948 and attended St. Teresa College. It was during high school that she garnered many friendships and met her future husband, Jack. They kept these lifelong relationships with many of those friends. For twenty years she worked as a preschool teacher at the Nelson Art Gallery.

Deborah was a fantastic bridge player and a whiz at doing crossword puzzles. The New York Times crossword never stood a chance with her. She was an avid watcher of Jeopardy and it was truly amazing how often she knew the correct answers.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Crossroads Hospice or Rockhurst University Physical Therapy Education through the Advancement Office. We would especially like to thank Leeann Holloway and Lori Malmberg, two exceptional hospice nurses. Their gentle ways and caring demeanor were a godsend to mom during her last months.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Deborah Ann Smith

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April 10, 2019

Dear Jack, Amy, Shannon and family including Buddy,
My heart was broken and tears flowed when I read Deborah passed. I so enjoyed my time with Deborah. I enjoyed hearing stories from her life, some sad but most were happy. She loved her family so much!! Even though I didn't actually meet all of her family, I felt I knew all. She spoke of her entire family with joy and love. It was an honor to have her in my life. God bless you!