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Lorna "Mickey" Rae (Wendler) Smith

October 19, 1939 ~ June 2, 2020 (age 80)


Lorna Rae “Mickey” Smith, age 80, of Oakwood, went to spend her eternity with Jesus on the 2nd day of June 2020, at Elkhart Oaks Care Center in Elkhart, Texas.   She was born on the 19th day of October 1939, in Brenham, Texas to Herbert Wendler and Irene Haas.  She was a Lutheran.  She married John M. Smith in 1976, and their marriage was blessed with four daughters.  Lorna was a wonderful mother who loved her family very much.  She loved life and loved the special things in life, such as spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, traveling and spending time in the outdoors. She also loved her dog, Little Bit. She was known for her delicious blackberry jam, and she enjoyed making it for others to enjoy.  Her favorite holiday was Easter, and she enjoyed the German tradition of digging Easter holes along with picking flowers.

Lorna is preceded in death by her parents, Irene Haas, and Herbert and Ida Wendler; and brother Herbert Wendler Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, John M. Smith of Oakwood, Texas; daughters, Sherry Ripkowski of Baytown, Texas, Sara Johnice Evans of Pasadena, Texas, Andrea Rhea Smith of Mt. Belvieu, Texas,  and Holly Smith of Dayton, Texas; grandchildren, Chris Bowers, Brandy and Lyle Nifong, Stephanie and Kent Suttle, Sara Evans, Taylor Qualls, Dylan Clark, and Dalton Patterson; great-grandchildren, Christopher Allen Bowers, John Morgan Bowers,  Casin Nifong, Morgan Qualls, Delani Suttle, Giuliana Nifong, Callaway Nifong, Quinn Qualls, Landon Suttle, Liam Nifong, Kinley Evans, and Harold Oliver Hobbs; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon, on Saturday, the 13th day of June 2020, at Calvary Christian Center, 10856 Highway 79 East, Oakwood, Texas with Brother Jack Smith officiating. 

The family would like to express a special thanks to the Elkhart Oaks Care Center and its staff for the love and care they expressed for Mrs. Smith.

Cremation and memorial services for Lorna Rae “Mickey” Smith are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas.  

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Celebration of Life
June 13, 2020

2:00 PM
Calvary Christian Center
10856 Highway 79
Oakwood, TX 75831

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