Lenda Smudricks

March 19, 1949August 7, 2018
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Lenda Smudricks, 69, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

She was a Class of 1967 graduate of Sulphur High School. Lenda has always been an active member of her church. She grew up in Houston River Baptist Church, after marriage she and her husband moved away. Through those years she was an active member and volunteered at Westview, Pine Ridge and Pine Grove Baptist Churches before returning to Sulphur and Houston River Baptist Church. They made DeRidder their home for over 30 years and Lenda retired from sub contractor document control work at Boise. She will be remembered as a Christian wife, mother, sister, aunt, Nana and great friend to the many lives she touched.

She married the love of her life, Sam Smudricks, 50 years ago on August 10, 1968. Along with Sam, left to cherish her memory are her children, Carvin Scott Smudricks and wife, Allison, of Orange Beach, AL, Toni Renee' Modisette and husband, Jason, of Lake Charles, Samantha Len Vice and husband, Chad, of Sulphur; two "adopted" sons, Ken and Brian Childress of DeRidder; grandchildren Skyliar Motichek, Logan Smudricks, Luke Vice, Parker Modisette, Rylie Modisette, and Melayna Vice; her twin sister, Louise Smudricks and her husband John of Sulphur; and older sister, Dorothy Ellen Oxley of Sulphur.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Laura and Nolan J. Bunch; brother, Jimmy Nolan Bunch; and brother-in-law Michael Oxley.

Funeral Services will be held in Houston River Baptist Church 11am, Saturday, August 11th. The Rev. Lonnie Gothrup will officiate. Burial will follow in Perkins Cemetery of Dequincy. Visitation will be held 5 - 9pm, Friday and resume at 10 am Saturday in Houston River Baptist Church. Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Sam Smudricks, Love of her Life
  • Carvin Scott Smudricks and wife Allison, Son
  • Toni Renee' Modisette and husband Jason, Daughter
  • Samantha Len Vice and husband Chad, Daughter
  • Ken and Brian Childress, Adopted Sons
  • Skyliar Motichek, Grandchild
  • Logan Smudricks, Grandchild
  • Luke Vice, Grandchild
  • Parker Modisette, Grandchild
  • Rylie Modisette, Grandchild
  • Melayna Vice, Grandchild
  • Louise Smudricks and husband John, Twin sister
  • Dorothy Ellen Oxley, Older sister
  • Laura and Nolan J. Bunch, Parents
  • Jimmy Nolan Bunch, Brother
  • Michael Oxley, Brother-in-law


  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Pam Baker

August 11, 2018

So sorry for your loss Sam ,I loved Lenda like she was a sister I will miss her greatly She was a wonderful Christian. I loved teaching with her at Pine Ridge Baptist Church The Family is in my Thoughts and Prayers! !!

Venessa Smith

August 10, 2018

Sorry for your loss. I knew Lenda from her years at Boise. Kind,sweet lady. Prayers for you all

Wendy Moore

August 9, 2018

Mr Smudricks, Scott, Toni , Samantha and the rest of the family my heart and prayers go out to each of you and the rest of the family for strength to get through the next few days and strength to carry on. Ms Lenda was a precious beautiful lady inside and out. She was an excellent mother and raised all of her kids with great morals and it is carrying on in them with their children. Always know that you all were her life and she loved each and every one of you with all of her heart and was so proud of the way all of you turned out.

Charlene Vice

August 9, 2018

I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. I only met Lenda a couple of times and she was so kind, soft spoken and gracious. I know she will be terribly missed and my prayers are with the entire family. Samantha and Toni, I will say a special prayer for you both. I love you and I am here for you if you need anything 😘

Mary Jo Modisette

August 8, 2018

My sincere condolences to my daughter in law, Toni and to the entire family. Lenda was a beautiful example of Christianity and will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and friend. May she Rest In Peace knowing that she was loved by so many.


August 8, 2018


Sandy Bagley

August 8, 2018

Sam and family,
My heart breaks for the loss of Lenda and the great loss you're all going through. She was such a sweet person and I count myself fortunate to have known her. May her memories always be fresh in your minds and the legacy she leaves behind with her children and grandchildren keep her alive in your hearts always. May God give you all the comfort and peace needed during this time.

Jami Johnson

August 8, 2018

I worked with Mrs. Lenda's daughter Toni, and although Mrs. Lenda did not know me very well, she still came by to see me on my birthday with a gift and a card. She was a sincere, kind, thoughtful woman who was beautiful inside and out. She touched my life, and will be greatly missed.

Rhonda Laffoon

August 8, 2018

A beautiful person and a wonderful Aunt. She always had a smile on her face and made you feel right at home. I'm so happy to have been her neice and will cherish my memories of her and of our times together.


Lenda Smudricks
3/19/49 - 8/7/18

Growing up, you see and think that your parents are invincible. You learn many things from your Mother: unconditional love, support, the value of life and family, independence and a bond that can't be broken. As you grow older you learn that in an instant they can become broken and taken so quickly and things become a memory. The pain of you gone becomes a reality.

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

He will heal our broken hearts as He has healed you from your pain, discomfort and make you whole again from the Cancer. You have shown us great strength.

My Mother was the upmost humble Christian lady and an affectionate Mother of them all! From her children being sick to her grandbabies being sick; not one second went by that she didn't ever offer her help or show up baring goodies. She was always willing to lend her shoulder to lean on, her ears to hear our words and spoke softly-kind words. From her, I learned how to be a Mother that cares for and nurtures her family... Mom, I hope that we've made you proud and we will see you at the Gates with open arms.

Love your "Sister Sue's"
Samantha and Toni Modisette
Scott and Ken

*3 days shy of our parents 50th Anniversary*



      Lenda Smudricks was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Lenda will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Lenda was born on March 19, 1949 at Calcasieu Parish Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She was the daughter of Nolan and Laura Bunch. Lenda grew up in Sulphur, Louisiana (Houston River Area).

      Lenda was raised with three siblings. She had one older brother, Jimmy (deceased), one older sister, Dorothy, and a twin sister, Louise. Lenda was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Lenda had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. She was a Campfire girl, and a member of G. A.'s (Girls In Action) at Houston River Baptist Church, and also won several awards for perfect attendance. In her spare time she liked to ride a bike, and collect stamps. Lenda's memorable achievements included 2nd place for a shadow box competition in elementary school, and participation in the Science fair. However, to Lenda, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

      A typical teenager, Lenda had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Sulphur High School in 1967. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Business Math and Home Economics. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Broussard, Mrs. Abshire, and Mrs, Martine.

      Lenda enjoyed her college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Lenda was able to manage the balancing act. She also pursued graduate school, earning her Seminary degree from Faith Bible Institute in 2012.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those she knew, Lenda enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during her lifetime. While growing up, some of her best friends were Carolyn Hudnell. Later in life, she became friends with Sandy Bagley, Cathie Basden, Linda Longoria(deceased) and Patty Phillips(deceased).

      On August 10, 1968 Lenda exchanged wedding vows with Dwight Samuel "Sam" Smudricks in the home of her parents, Nolan and Laura Bunch, of Sulphur, Louisiana. Empathic and loyal, Lenda was committed to making her new family happy.

      Lenda worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Lenda was blessed with three children, one son, Carvin "Scott", and two daughters, Toni and Samantha. Another blessing for Lenda was the gift of six grandchildren, Skyliar, Logan, Luke, Parker, Rylie and Melayna.

      Fortunately, Lenda enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Lenda worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was Document Control. She was employed for approximately 20 years, by contractors of Boise Cascades Engineering Group. Lenda always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Lenda enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were looking for and collecting the pink cherry blossom dinnerware pieces at flea markets, garage sales, and estate sales; along with planting and growing flowers, but most of all, she loved having all of the family together. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Lenda found pleasure in sports. In high school, Lenda played volleyball, basketball, and archery. Recreational sports included biking and walking. Lenda was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she had the chance to do so. Top on her list was ice skating.

      Lenda’s faith was important to her. She was a member of Houston River Baptist Church where her family were charter members. During that time, she was involved with G. A.'s. In adulthood she worked in the church nursery, assisted in Vacation Bible School, served on The Lord's Supper committee, and assisted in providing food when needed for church functions.

      Lenda enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included Hot Springs, Arkansas and the 25th Anniversary trip to Branson, Missouri. Most of all she enjoyed every year for their Anniversary to just get in the car and drive to an unknown destination at their leisure.

      Lenda was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Ping, her siamese cat . They were best friends for many years.

      When Lenda’s retirement finally arrived in February 1, 2011, she was well prepared. Upon retirement Lenda and Sam stayed in Sulphur. In retirement, she found new pleasure in being able to help with grandkids, and to participate in all of their activities. She also was able to participate in more church activities. Most importantly, she was able to spend more time with family. Even in retirement, Lenda continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Lenda was active in her new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

      Lenda passed away on August 7, 2018 at home in Sulphur, surrounded by loved ones. She fought a brave battle against stomach cancer. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dwight"Sam" Smudricks, her three children, Carvin "Scott" Smudricks and wife Allison. Her daughter, Toni Renee' Modisette and husband Jason, and daughter Samantha Len Vice and husband Chad, 2 adopted sons, Ken and Brian Childress, grandchildren Skyliar Motichek, Logan Smudricks, Luke Vice, Parker Modisette, Rylie Modisette and Melayna Vice. Her twin sister, Louise Smudricks and husband Johnny, and older sister Dorothy Ellen Oxley. Services were held at Houston River Baptist Church. Lenda was laid to rest in Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy, La.

      Simply stated, Lenda was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Lenda leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Lenda Smudricks.