Reesa Rae Smith, age 38, former resident of Mapleton, and recently of Silt, Colo., died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, in Christina Lake, British Columbia as the result of an automobile accident. She was born Nov. 7, 1968 in Fort Scott, the daughter of Jerry and Mary Fay Scharenberg Lalman.
Reesa was a 1987 graduate of Uniontown High School. She then attended Oklahoma Baptist College in Oklahoma City, graduating with an associates degree. She married William H. Smith on March 16, 1991, at the Xenia Baptist Church. Bill and Reesa served the Lord Jesus Christ in the ministry of evangelism, as well as holding Vacation Bible Schools every summer.
Some of her greatest joys were being a mother, singing, and serving others. She was loved by all who met her and was cherished by her family. Reesa was a loving, devoted mother of seven children. Her children will indeed rise up and call her "blessed." She will be greatly missed but we know that Heaven is a sweeter place today because of her presence.
Survivors include her husband Bill, six daughters, Bethany, Hannah, Leah, Ashley, Abigail, and Lydia; one son, Andrew; her parents, Jerry and Mary Fay Lalman, Mapleton; a brother, Kendale Lalman, wife Nancy and children Micah, Cherith, Joseph, Moriah and Holly, of Beijing, China; a sister, Stephanie Hall and husband Mike and children, Devin and Zane, of Olathe, Kan.; two sisters, Janella Deer and husband Brian and children, Shawn and Caleb, of Nevada, Texas, and Jessica Shadden, Mapleton.
Also surviving is her maternal grandfather, Orville Scharenberg; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Jeri Lynn; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Bernita Lalman; maternal grandmother, Mary Anna Scharenberg; and an aunt, Eloyse Stewart.
Brther Gene Nelson, Brother Rich Mowry, and Brother Leon Wise will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, in the Xenia Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Mapleton Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to a Reesa Smith Memorial Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.