Garrett Funeral Home


Sara Louise Smith

October 9, 1940February 21, 2021

Asheville-Sara Louise Smith, 80, went to be with the Lord on February 21, 2021 at Mission Hospital. She was born on October, 9th, 1940, in Bangor Maine, the youngest of four children, to the late Mahlon T. Dunbar and Eunice O’Clair.

Sara enjoyed traveling all over the world with her late husband Howard, reading books, and contributing to community charity work. She worked as a dedicated Registered Nurse in Western Massachusetts at several medical facilities and hospitals, retiring as Director of Nursing. After retirement she moved to Englewood FL, with her late husband Howard, where they made their home for 20 years. In 2018 Sara relocated to Asheville, NC, where she was an active member of Skyland United Methodist Church in Asheville, NC.

In addition to her parents, Sara is preceded in death by her husbands Ronald C. Decker; Howard W. Smith; and Sister Ruth Pistel.

Left to cherish her memory is her Daughters Jennifer Schneider of Fairview (NC), Lucy Evoy (FL); Sons Christopher Moody (Karen) of New York (NY), Lawrence Smith (FL); Sister Elizabeth Dunbar of South Hamilton (MA); Brother Seth Dunbar (Bonnie) of Taftville (CT); Grandchildren Richard Keefe II (Misty) E. Longmeadow (MA), and John Keefe (Kirstin) Leicester (NC), and Haley Chapman (FL); three great-grandchildren Colyn, Melanie, and Maddisyn; niece and nephews; and many cousins.

Sara was a very selfless person, always taking care of others, had a big love of life and animals, and enjoyed tutoring children at Skyland United Methodist Church. She will be missed greatly by all of her many worldwide friends and family.

Special thanks to Skyland United Methodist Church, Senior Pastor Dan Hester and Associate Pastor Joy Moss for their continued support.

A celebration of Sara’s life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Skyland United Methodist Church in Asheville or favorite Charity.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Dot Schneider

February 25, 2021

What a beautiful picture of a beautiful lady. Truly a lady and beautiful inside and out. Jennifer and Chris and families, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Sara.

Sarah Hart

February 24, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was my next door neighbor. She was a wonderful person always friendly. I will miss her smiling face. May God Bless You .