Elizabeth "Libby" Houser Smith, 71

Born: Fri., Feb. 20, 1948
Died: Sat., Jul. 20, 2019

Graveside Service

10:30 AM Mon., Jul. 22, 2019
Location: Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery

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Elizabeth “Libby” Houser Smith
February 20, 1948 – July 20, 2019

Libby was married 54 years to the love of her life, Dewey Smith, who passed away January of this year. Libby thanked God daily for giving her a wonderful husband. But her heart was broken and the twinkle was gone from her eyes after losing him. And even though she had health issues we believe she really passed from a broken heart. We also believe there was a happy reunion in heaven this morning.
It’s been said that a mother is a son’s best friend and this is true of Libby and her son Darin. Libby would light up with a huge smile when he walked into the room. She loved him so much and was very proud of him. Darin loved and honored her and is so thankful for a loving mother who was always there for him.
For more than 30 years Libby worked as a teacher assistant at Sunshine Elementary. She loved children and looked for ways to uplift and encourage students. For many years, every report card period, she would put a $2 bill into personalized envelopes and give one to every student who made the “A” honor roll. Some said she was crazy to do that but the pride and smiles on those student’s faces told her otherwise. The kids loved her and she loved them.
Libby always had a smile on her face and wanted to bring joy to those around her. She enjoyed uplifting others with random acts of kindness. One hot summer day she took her vehicle through the hand car wash and left when her car was finished. A few minutes later she returned to the car wash with milk shakes for everyone. They were so surprised, and she quickly became their favorite customer!  A small act of thoughtfulness that meant so much.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up….” (ESV). Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…” (ESV). Libby lived her life encouraging and uplifting others and spreading joy through simple acts of kindness. Even these last few days as her health declined she was still smiling, still telling people how wonderful they were, and still telling them she loved them. What a wonderful illustration of God’s love toward us!
She was the daughter of the late L.D. and Verlie Queen Houser, and was preceded in death by two siblings, Helen Houser Flynn and Lloyd Houser.
She is survived by her son, Darin Edward Smith and wife Kiyini, of Golden Valley; her granddaughter, Makayla Yarbrough of Green Hill; her 2 sisters, Ethel Propes of Golden Valley, and Grace Lovelace of Lincolnton; and her 5 brothers, J.D. Houser of Golden Valley, Clinton Houser of Oklahoma, and John Houser, Henry Houser, and Walt Houser, all of Lincolnton; and a sister-in-law, Joneal Houser of Maiden.  
A Graveside Service will be conducted at 10:30 am Monday, July 22, 2019 at Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery. Chaplain Colonel Max Burgin will officiate. Pallbearers are Jon Smith, Bryson Smith, Terry Self, Chris Smith, Justin Colby Smith, and Arthur Smith.
Libby requested in lieu of flowers, to make memorials to Sunshine Elementary School Library, 231 Toney Road, Bostic, NC 28018.
Washburn & Dorsey is in charge of arrangements.
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Connie Hudson Chapman
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
Darrin, I was so sorry to hear about your momma. I remember all the good times and fun things she included me in when we were small. I loved her and she will be missed. Comfort comes in remembering all the good times you shared, lessons she taught you and the love she had for both you and your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your wife and family.

Ann W. Hutchins
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
Dear Darin, I am heartbroken to hear about Libby! I will always love your Mama and miss her! I was blessed at Sunshine Elementary School to have Libby teaching with me in the classroom. She was such a joy to work with!

You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Ann W. Hutchins

Amanda Penson Freeman
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
Darin, We are so sorry. Your mama was always such a sweet lady... Gave me a lot of good hugs when I was in First Grade and many more throughout the years. Thoughts and prayers are with you. ❤

Pamela C Morrison
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
Darrin and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Ms. Libby was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Ms. Libby and Mr. Dewey were two of the most genuine people I have ever known. My how the harp music is ringing with the reuniting of your Mother and Father. God bless you all.

Margaret Cline Wert
   Posted Sun July 21, 2019
My condolences reach out to all of the family. I am so sorry I didn't know this nice lady personally, but have known her sister, Ethel Propes, since her marriage to Leonard. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ethel.

Chasity Jones
   Posted Sun July 21, 2019
Your mom was a lovely lady. I remember all the love she had for her kids at Sunshine. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Robin Waters Dodson
   Posted Sun July 21, 2019
Darrin and family, I’m so heartbroken to hear about your mom’s passing. She loved you so very much and your dad. She was a sweet, kind, funny lady that was a joyful blessing to know and be around. I worked at Sunshine Elementary as an assistant and later as a teacher. I loved Libby and hate I can’t be there for her service. She was a great role model for all who knew her and the kids that were in her classes. I pray God give you strength and comfort as you face the days ahead but know she will live on in your heart and memories. 🙏🙏🙏💜💜💜

Diane Penson
   Posted Sun July 21, 2019
Darrin, Norris and I are so sorry and we are sending prayers for your and all of your family. She was such a sweet lady. Bless you all.

Susan Padgett
   Posted Sun July 21, 2019
Darin, i am so sadden to hear about Libby. She was the epitome of a great lady. Everyone that knew her loved her. She was one of the kindest people I have ever met. I sure enjoyed working with her at Sunshine School. She certainly will be missed. Praying for you and your family. Love, Susan Goforth Padgett

Shonda Bright
   Posted Mon July 22, 2019
I was so sorry to hear that Libby had passed away!! I had just ran in to her not long ago and she was with her son. I had never met him and she was so proud when she introduced him to me. My son Spencer Bright thought the world of her! Spencer went to Sunshine and he just loved Mrs. Smith!!! The last time I saw her I let her know this.. Spencer is living in Wilmington now and I will call and let him know. I know he will be so sad!! If a teacher is reading this you never know how you impact a child's life and I wish we had more teacher's like her!! My heart and prayers go out to her son and all of her family!! Love, Shonda Bright

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