OBITUARY

Vicki Smith

January 23, 1946March 23, 2021
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Vicki June Smith of Cabot Arkansas, passed away on March 23rd, peacefully at the age of 75 after a long progressive decline due to Alzheimers. Vicki is survived by her loving, devoted husband and soul mate, Phillip D. Smith. Phillip was her caregiver for the last ten years. Vicki is predeceased by her mother, Ann Montgomery and son, David Smith. She is survived by her sister Sheryl Norwood, her brother Joel Norwood her daughter, Niki Wass, her son in law Ken Wass, daughter-in law Joy Smith and five fabulous grandchildren: Christine Wass, Ryan Wass, Jessica Wass, Faith Smith and Grace Smith.

Vicki was born in Malvern Arkansas to Martha Ann Montgomery and Rueben E. Norwood in 1946. Vicki received her BSBA and MBA from the University of Arkansas in 1984 and received further certifications in the banking industry as a Certified Regulation Compliance Manager. She was actively involved as the President of the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas and participated in the First Ladies Build and many Tuxes and Toolbelts fundraisers.

Vicki loved music and gardening and her work with the community and the bank. Her best feature was her constant smile, everywhere, all the time; a kind, happy smile. She was a peacemaker, a pacifier, and a soother. She was a soprano, and when she sang in church it was like a little bird, clear and sweet. She knew all the words to the old southern Baptist hymns, and she sang everyone single one of them all the time, even to the very end, when the only words that would come out were LaLaLa.

A funeral service is schedule for 1:00 (services begin at 1:30) on Saturday April 3rd, at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home in Sherwood Arkansas. Donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 3, 2021

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  • Interment

    Saturday, April 3, 2021

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Kay Phillips

March 30, 2021

I am very sorry to hear about Vicki. I haven't see Vicki since my career took me in directions away from Habitat for Humanity. Vicki was such a pleasure and fun to be with. Vicki and I once took a business trip to Baltimore which she made the trip a fun trip! I know she will be missed. Praying for her family.

Niki Wass

March 29, 2021

My mom was blessed with youthful genes. She used to say she would get dirty looks from old ladies in the grocery story when she was carrying me as a baby because she looked so young . (And she was, she had me at the age of 20!)

Niki Wass

March 29, 2021

The morning after mom passed away, I was walking through my garden in my back yard. Our neighbors have breeding mares housed on the acreage beside our home and they rarely (almost never) want to be petted. Today a beautiful young black mare was beside the fence. I ran into the house to grab some apples to give her. She really didn't want them though. She sniffed them but wouldn't munch. So I just petted her. I love the smell and feel of horses, they are powerful and strong, quiet and stately. As I stood there petting this beautiful strong mare, she laid her nuzzle on my chest and held me. Tears squeezed out of the side of my eyes, I felt as if she knew, and she was giving me a hug. As I placed my own head on her nuzzle, I saw that she had a heart shaped blaze. "I'll call you Valentine." Coincidentally, mom and I have a really cool photo of us making heart shaped shadows on the ground back about two years ago when she first moved into assisted living. I have uploaded that here.

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