S: Her Smile, Her Life, Her Love.
BC: with love...
1: In loving memory of my Mother. I shall never forget your smile, your laughter, your lessons, and your love.
2: Laurelle Chere Smith was born on the 17th of January 1951 at the old Mercy Hospital in San Diego California.
3: A few memories about my twin sister, Laurelle Laurelle and I had been taken to the hospital to have our tonsils taken out when we were about 4 years old. When I was 19, I lived with my grandmother for awhile. She and I use to sit around and talk about the past. Grandma (Laura Oliver) told me that there had been complications concerning me when Laurelle and I were in the hospital having our tonsillectomies and I had to stay awhile longer while Laurelle got to go and convalesce at Grandma’s house in North Park. We were called Mickey and Lory back then. Grandma had said that Laurelle missed me terribly! She also said that Laurelle had followed her all around the house, crying, everyday, asking, “When is Mickey coming home?... When is Mickey coming home?” over and over again until I was finally released from the hospital. I never told Laurelle about that. It just sort of slipped my mind over the years. I wish I had remembered to tell her. I’m sure she would have laughed about it. Grandma had laughed while telling me about it.
4: Laurelle and I had lots of good times spending the weekends every now and then at Grandma’s house. We would steal cookies out of her “Red Riding Hood” cookie jar when we were supposed to be in bed, explore the spooky storage room under the house, visit great-Grandma in the back bedroom down the hall (who didn’t even realize we were there due to old age and a stroke she had had years earlier) and we’d get up early while Grandma was still in bed so we could sit on her porch swing and listen to all the birds singing.(so peaceful)! When my Dad was delivering bread and cinnamon rolls to the Portuguese fishermen to take out to sea on their fishing trips, Laurelle and I were at Grandma’s house everyday because we couldn’t start school until we were 6 (our birthday being in January). When we got a little older, I always wanted to play house but Laurelle was such a tomboy, she refused to play house with me unless she could be the father. So, I would be sitting there with my baby doll, and also her doll that she wanted nothing to do with, and she would pretend to be their daddy who was coming home from work. Of course, this was only after I begged her to play house with me she hated it! She only gave in out of pity. What we REALLY liked to do together was hike in the canyon near Pocohontas Avenue even though we were forbidden to do so. One beautiful, sunny Saturday, she and I, along with some other neighborhood kids all packed lunches, filled canteens with water, went to the canyon to hike and made an entire day of it! Except for the fact that Bill Hammond saw us all down there and shot at us with a BB gun, (me in the butt) I would say that was one of the best times Laurelle and I ever spent together. We were about eight years old at that time. We really loved that canyon!! And we had many other hiking expeditions in the canyon. We always took our big collie, Rusty, with us on those trips. We felt safe with him. He protected us from anyone who didn’t have a gun, that is!! When we became teenagers, I started running away from home a lot and was put in a school for girls twice. I’ll never forget the shoe box full of letters I had saved up that Laurelle mailed to me. I was gone for almost a year and she wrote me at least one letter every week. Until then I didn’t know how much she cared about me. I would really love to have those letters now but they’re long gone.
5: When I think of all the piñatas and barbecues and presents, (though, some of those times she could easily have just made an un-decorated cake and just had a small family dinner), I’m overwhelmed at the effort she always put forth to make a relative or friend feel really special and loved on their birthday! Every Christmas I received presents from her even though she knew I couldn’t afford to give her anything. That didn’t matter. All that mattered to her was that I was her twin and that I was going to get presents from her just because of that! Someday I’ll get to see her again and I am SO looking forward to that!! In the meantime, there are memories like these and I do cherish them so much!! We all miss you, Laurelle!! | It’s true that Laurelle had a bad temper as long as I can remember but if you knew her well enough you could also see what a considerate, caring person she was. She had the kind of pet peeves that you could actually admire like people littering or giving a battery operated gift without including the batteries (something she had always included with gifts whole packs of them!) She always did the lion’s share of the work when everyone was asked to bring food to a potluck. And there are so many other examples I could write about of thoughtfulness and going beyond what she was called on to do. She always went out of her way to make people’s birthday parties special.
6: Graduation photo 1969
9: The Smith's moved from San Diego to Sacramento in 1969. Mom was enrolled in Del Camp High School for the last few months of her senior year. This same year she met a neighbor named Steve Green, whom she married.
14: I always remember how cool Hayley and I thought it was when we were kids that she LOVED Michael Jackson. I remember being in the car with her when you still lived in San Diego with some MJ on the radio and her saying how much she liked him. ... Jamie
15: I always loved her laugh and her generous heart. I always felt close to her, and I know she would do anything for you. Miss you auntie!! ... Haley
16: She loved all animals especially her dogs.
17: Your mom was a very loving and caring individual for animals. I’ve noticed that both Cyrus and Toby have wonderful personalities and are well behaved dogs. Laurelle took time to train her dogs and it showed. I always get compliments on the behavior of Cyrus which reminds me of the work your mother did. Uncle Tom
19: Your mom always loved to go to the movies. She really enjoyed the big screen experience. I think it was the child in her as she got so excited to see a new release of the latest blockbuster movie Laurelle was very proud of her children. I remember sitting down at the kitchen table and she would go on and on about what Trevor and Krista were up to. There was always a sparkle in her eye when she described the different activities you both were into... Uncle Tom
23: I have very fond memories of your mother. What stands out the most is growing up in the hood with the Smiths. Your mother hung out with my sister Christine and I was just one of the "brats" to her growing up Later on when she started dating my brother we became more like sisters. I was about 19 years old when I skied for the first time with her, my brother and her brother Bruce. We went up to Big Bear ski resort several times that winter of 1976 and I will always remember the fun we had during these skiing trips together....Mary Anne
24: They stayed 2 months fixing a boat in Hawaii.
26: Married on March 21 1980
28: Laurelle and I became very close friends when I moved to Sacramento in 1977. She would come over to visit quite often. I remember sewing clothes for her which was a lot of fun because she looked so cute in them. But after I left Sacramento I didn’t see too much of her except when she and John would come down to San Diego to spend some time with John’s family every year on Thanksgiving Day. She always made time for her and I to visit and we would go to Anthony’s Restaurant and talk forever!
29: Then we would go to a movie or just go shopping. I always looked forward to seeing her again. We had a lot of trust and respect for each other. She had always said I was her favorite aunt which made me feel so special. Those memories will always be with me! Thank you, dear Laurelle, for your friendship. I love you, Aunt Gerrie
40: All things grow better with love.
42: Her many talents....
44: Laurelle had an amazing ability of making those she loved feel special. When she talked about someone she cared about, especially when sharing their good news or accomplishments her whole face would light up in the most beautiful way. Laurelle was my Aunt, second Mom and Best Friend rolled into one. When I was young, we would pal around together a lot in the summer. Either she would fly me to Sacramento (when she lived there) or we would fly up together and stay at Grandma & Grandpa's or later, I would just stay with her and Uncle John in Spring Valley. I would work as her “assistant” grooming dogs. I think my huge love of animals came from her because I have been that way my whole life, and of course, she was one of my biggest influences. After a long day of work, our favorite thing to do was see a movie. She loved a good scary movie (me, not so much). She was very playful though, and used to dig her nails into my arm at the scariest parts and make me jump out of my seat. We had some great times together, especially when I was a kid, because she was just a big kid at heart. No matter how much time or distance had been between us, I always felt her love for me and we still shared that special bond. I miss her very much...Laura
46: I will always remember how she would pull Hayley and I aside every Thanksgiving to give us our Christmas presents in secrecy...because she didn't do it for all the cousins. You don't have to add that because it might make the other cousins jealous. Ha ha. I miss her! ... Jamie
48: Dave and Jana's infamous Halloween party!
60: Her love for the outdoors...
62: I'm Free Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free, I'm following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work, to play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I've found that peace at the end of the day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things too I will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My Life's been full, I savoured much, Good friends, good times, a loved one' touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free. Author Unknown