Louise A. Smotherman, 80, a resident of Albuquerque since 2003, died Sunday, June 23, 2013.
She is survived by her husband John Smotherman; children, Bruce Smotherman and wife Paula, of Dayton, Ohio, Bryan Smotherman, of Albuquerque, Cara Flynn and husband Dan, of Albuquerque, Brenda DeShurley and husband Rob, of Spring, Texas; grandchildren, James Smotherman and wife Fahm, of Ft. Irwin, Calif., Marie Stout and husband Will, of Albuquerque, Annabeth DeShurley, Sarah DeShurley, Trey DeShurley, of Spring, Texas, and Rachel Flynn, of Albuquerque; great-grandchildren, Maizie, Elise, Max, Myles, and John; a brother, John French and wife Linda, of Austin, Texas; a sister, Susan Carrington and husband Jace, of Dallas, Texas; a sister-in-law, Norma Smotherman, of Erick, Okla.; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mrs. Smotherman was preceded in death by her parents, J.A. French and Clara Simmonds French, of Sayre, Okla.; brothers-in-law, Kent Smotherman and Mack Smotherman, of Erick, Okla.; sisters-in-law, Faye Worde, of San Antonio, Texas, and Doris Griffith of Rockport, Texas.
Louise and John grew up as childhood sweethearts in Erick, Okla., and were married for 60 years. She loved life and her family. She and John insisted that there were no such thing as “in-laws” in the family and shared that philosophy with all who joined the family. She ‘adopted’ many of her children’s friends as her own.
She spent many years as an elementary school teacher, first in Oklahoma before she had her own children, and then for many years in Roswell once her children were going to college. She kept in touch with some of her students until her death. She was a consummate homemaker who loved to cook and entertain. She loved quilting and her quilts are the most prized possessions among her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She loved the Lord with all her heart and enjoyed many Bible studies from Community Bible Fellowship in Roswell to She Ministries in Albuquerque. Louise and John were active in many churches throughout the southwest, including Waymaker Church in Roswell, Legacy Church and Calvary, both of Albuquerque.
Her service will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013, 11 a.m., at FRENCH – Westside. Interment will follow at a later date. A visitation will take place at FRENCH – Westside on Friday, June 28, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000, in lieu of flowers. Please visit our online guest book for Louise at www.FrenchFunerals.com.