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Hixson Funeral Home-Vinton

1420 Fancher, Vinton, LA

OBITUARY

Theresia Marie Smith

March 30, 1942July 7, 2020
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Theresia Marie Royer (Bellow) Smith, age 78, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in a local care center.

Theresia was born in Sulphur, Louisiana on March 30, 1942 to Dorothy (O’Blanc) and Clasmie “Strawberry” Royer. Theresia graduated from Sulphur High School and went on to Beaumont Business College where she received an Associate’s degree in business. She was married to Calvin Wayne Bellow for 9 years before his passing and then later met Charles Ray Smith whom she was married to for over 45 years. She always said she was doubly blessed by being married not just to one great man but to two.

Theresia worked for Dr. Daigle as a dental assistant for 5 years in Sulphur before she and Wayne moved to Vinton where she began a career as a beautician. Theresia’s many talents led her to do various things as years went by. She loved making crafts and selling them at craft shows with her long-time friend Lou Ann Guidry. She owned and ran several businesses with her husband Chuck throughout their marriage. She was a gifted artist. What Theresia will best be known for is her love of flowers and working as a florist in Vinton for over a decade. She always said her passion was doing funeral pieces because she loved honoring others as a last tribute to their life.

Theresia was an active member of Crossroads Baptist Church for many years where she began the Puppet Ministry for children as well as being involved in the Clown Ministry visiting nursing homes, working with VBS and being in charge of the food ministry. Of course, Theresia also kept the church looking beautiful with her creative flower arrangements.

Theresia never met a stranger and loved people. She will be remembered for the unconditional love she had for her family and friends, the jokes she was always ready to tell to make you laugh, her smile, and her God-given gift of giving whatever she had to help others in need.

Survivors include her daughters, Sheila Bellow Burton of Vinton, Venus Vassar of Wimberly, Texas, and Dara Foreman of Williamsburg, Virginia; her sisters, Amelia Gauss of Adrian, Michigan, Barbara Schepp of Lake Charles, and Diana Courville of Ragley; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Dorothy O’Blanc Royer and Clasmie “Strawberry” Royer; a brother, John Remy Royer; the first love of her life, Calvin Wayne Bellow; the last love of her life, Charles Ray Smith; son-in-law Ronnie Glen Burton; niece Molinda Beth Conley; and grand fur babies Boon Chufus Burton and Zeke Deucy Burton.

Services to celebrate Theresia's life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 10, in Hixson Funeral Home of Vinton. The Revs. Rick Watson and Rob Tibbitts will officiate. Burial will be in Niblett's Bluff Cemetery in Vinton. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. until the time of service Friday in the funeral home. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 10, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 10, 2020

Memories

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Sharon King Trahan

July 18, 2020

All these wonderful memories of growing up next door to the Royer's girls. I'm sure I spent as much time with Tiny and the older Royer sisters as I did at my own home. Theresia was always nice & so pretty. She married her true love then moved away. Later her adorable little girl was born. Too soon the love of her life was gone. I'm sorry I didn't keep track of the entire family because each one were an important part of my early years. I'm sad you have lost your sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. I am sad too because she was like an older sister to me to. Love to the Royer sisters. Love to all. Sharon "Runt" King Trahan

Jordan Barton

July 10, 2020

Naw..... i don’t know where to start. Growing up there’s was nothing I loved more then coming to the farm and living the simple life with you and paw. Going out to the pastures with my boots on and jumping in the cow patties, then coming back to get rinsed off and listen to ur goofy stories. Or having family get togethers at the house that ended in the most competitive gin-rummy games. I’ll also never forget my high school and college days naw would always say when I made it to the league she’d beat up my hecklers. Lastly nothing can take away the plethora of memories you left me but I’ll always remember this one. Bout 2 years ago we went to Vinton to see naw and paw. While on the porch with skeeter the convo changed to what they wanted when they died.

Naw: “ when I’m dead and gone I want u to take skeeter down to the store and find a nice woman”
Paw: “I’d rather live with a man in friendship than find another woman to replace you”
49 years together and the love was just as strong as the day they met. Born in a different era with different values I appreciate you naw and all that you taught me. Your memory won’t be forgotten, rest in power and I’ll see you wherever our consciousness takes us next. Jah bless ✊🏽

Carlie Dyer

July 9, 2020

How do you pick one memory for a person who made such a huge impact in your life. My grandmother or Naw as we called her was full of love. My fondest memories growing up include naw and paw. From all the sleep overs with coffee milk in the big house to the mud fight after they took the above ground pool down. Naw and paw took me into a different world outside of a religion that invoked fear in my life they were a place i could go and new I was safe. Not being allowed to hold your hand because of the corona virus as you went into your next life is one of the biggest heartbreaks of my life outside of loosing my daughter. I am forever grateful to my Naw and Paw for showing me a love that never fails!!!

Tammy Abraham

July 8, 2020

Mrs Theresia was so warm, welcoming and funny. She will be remembered always. Sheila you are in my thoughts and prayers, I love you dearly. God bless you today and everyday. Tammy and Bartis Abraham Jr

Diana. Aka Tiny Courville

July 8, 2020

My dear sister whom I will miss extremely ...through the years we have laughed often together and all the times we shared as sisters are truly a memory I will cherish the rest of my life...you were extra special to me...you gave me unconditional love and if I needed you were always there for me. Dont know what i 'll do without you in my life now...now you are reunited with Your love Chuck...and my Mollie girl...mom..daddy..little Johnny..so many of our love ones.Rest in peace til we meet again...Well Done my Faithful Servant..You will be forever be in my heart and I will cry many tears because I can no longer see you..call you and especially laugh with you til we cried and piop !!! 💓

Venus Vassar

July 8, 2020

My MOM, her sincere unconditional love, her joy, her heartfelt compassion. Her beautiful soul filled my life.

Michelle Maple

July 7, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to
Ms “T’s” family and friends. Theresa was like a grandmother to me, she was one of the kindest & loving people I know, I loved to visit with her, listen to her stories and talk about painting!!!! She will be greatly missed. Much love to the family and especially to Sheila! 💜

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Biography

Theresia Marie Royer (Bellow) Smith, age 78, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in a local care center.

Theresia was born in Sulphur, Louisiana on March 30, 1942 to Dorothy (O’Blanc) and Clasmie “Strawberry” Royer. Theresia graduated from Sulphur High School and went on to Beaumont Business College where she received an Associate’s degree in business. She was married to Calvin Wayne Bellow for 9 years before his passing and then later met Charles Ray Smith whom she was married to for over 45 years. She always said she was doubly blessed by being married not just to one great man but to two.


Theresia worked for Dr. Daigle as a dental assistant for 5 years in Sulphur before she and Wayne moved to Vinton where she began a career as a beautician. Theresia’s many talents led her to do various things as years went by. She loved making crafts and selling them at craft shows with her long-time friend Lou Ann Guidry. She owned and ran several businesses with her husband Chuck throughout their marriage. She was a gifted artist. What Theresia will best be known for is her love of flowers and working as a florist in Vinton for over a decade. She always said her passion was doing funeral pieces because she loved honoring others as a last tribute to their life.


Theresia was an active member of Crossroads Baptist Church for many years where she began the Puppet Ministry for children as well as being involved in the Clown Ministry visiting nursing homes, working with VBS and being in charge of the food ministry. Of course, Theresia also kept the church looking beautiful with her creative flower arrangements.


Theresia never met a stranger and loved people. She will be remembered for the unconditional love she had for her family and friends, the jokes she was always ready to tell to make you laugh, her smile, and her God-given gift of giving whatever she had to help others in need.



Survivors include her daughters, Sheila Bellow Burton of Vinton, Venus Vassar of Wimberly, Texas, and Dara Foreman of Williamsburg, Virginia; her sisters, Amelia Gauss of Adrian, Michigan, Barbara Schepp of Lake Charles, and Diana Courville of Ragley; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Dorothy O’Blanc Royer and Clasmie “Strawberry” Royer; a brother, John Remy Royer; the first love of her life, Calvin Wayne Bellow; the last love of her life, Charles Ray Smith; son-in-law Ronnie Glen Burton; niece Molinda Beth Conley; and grand fur babies Boon Chufus Burton and Zeke Deucy Burton.

Services to celebrate Theresia's life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 10, in Hixson Funeral Home of Vinton. The Revs. Rick Watson and Rob Tibbitts will officiate. Burial will be in Niblett's Bluff Cemetery in Vinton. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. until the time of service Friday in the funeral home. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.