Lee C Smith
(1935 - 2008)

Lee C Smith

May 11, 1935

October 30, 2008

Lee was the beloved mother of Scott and Lisa, adoring grandmother of Spencer, Carter, Parker, Nathan and Abigail, and the loving wife to Bob in a marriage that spanned over 51 years and inspired so many.

She had gracefully and courageously persevered through almost 5 years in her battle with the most aggressive type of brain tumor, defying the statistics and estimates provided by doctors. The hospice nurse who came over last night said he could tell Lee was a fighter.

Lee and Bob had moved from Pinetop, AZ to California in June, and moved in with Lisa and her twins in mid-August, so she was surrounded by lots of joy and craziness with her littlest grandkids. It was wonderful that her final months were filled with plenty of shopping excursions, lobster dinners, and shrimp at least 4-5 times per week. When Nathan was told that Grandma Lee had gone to heaven, he asked "are there toys in heaven?" The response - yes, there are lots of toys in heaven, along with lots of Grandma Lee's favorite things like shrimp, lobster, Nordstrom's and other nice stores.

Memorial Service, with reception to follow
Tuesday,November 4, 2008
11:00 AM
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church
25150 N. Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Immediately following the service, there will be a reception, also at the church.
In honor of Lee, there will be plenty of shrimp to nosh on.

Several have asked about addresses where one can send a card:
Bob and Lisa are at: 16439 Otsego Street, Encino, CA 91436
Scott and his family are at: 7937 E. Via Bonita, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

In response to the questions on donations/flowers we've received, the family would like to make the following suggestions:

Barrows Neurological Foundation
After her diagnosis in February 2004 and being told by two major hospitals that the tumor was inoperable and 12 months was the average life expectancy, it was the doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute who took an aggressive stance and said "absolutely it's operable!"
If making a donation to Barrow, please indicate that you'd like your donation to go to 'brain tumor research'
Barrow Neurological Foundation
350 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 406-3000

The American Brain Tumor Association is also a worthy association.
Donation information can be found at www.abta.org

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Our sincere condolences for your loss. We're here for you if you have any questions about using our service.
iLasting Staff
November 25th, 2008
I was sad to read of Lee's passing in the Billings Gazette on Nov. 18. My family moved to Billings, Montana, in 1940. Lee lived across the street. We went through elementary and high school together. I lost track of her until acting as her mother's attorney in later years. Lee was a class act all of her life. She will be missed.

Maury Colberg Jr.
Maury Colberg (friend)
November 19th, 2008
Our friendship started 12 years ago in Ensenada Mexico Marina only to find out we lived 1 mile away from each other in Scottsdale. We became known as the BOAT PEOPLE...we had the same model of boat and shared many dinners.laughs,story telling and wonderful celebrations of birthdays,anniveries,Lisa's wedding at the Sunroad Marina in San Diego. Lee and I both loved wearing black,finding great jewelry and enjoying lunch at the Prado to name some of our favorite things we shared. Lee would stop by our boat every morning on her way to work with a diet coke in one hand and slim-fast in the other. She would have a list of things we would try to do while we were there or plan future events when they came home to Scottsdale. I can see her smiling face as I write this and remember all those wonderful days like they were yesterday. I feel blessed that I can call Lee and Bob great friends and will always have a special place in my heart for her friendship and memories of all those special times we shared both in California and Arizona.

Darlene & Michael Ciavarella
Darlene Michael Ciavarella (friend & neighbor)
November 2nd, 2008
Russ and I have had so many good times with the Smith family that it's hard to pick a few. We enjoyed so many laughs, triumphs and tragedies as our kids grew up. Lisa was like an older sister to my boys..she clearly has inherited her mom's wonderful motherly spirit. The Smith home was always open to us for a visit when the family moved away, and we were always so happy when they would come back to visit. Lee had such warmth that we always connected with her despite interludes of time and distance..no matter how long it had been since we had seen one another the connection was always there. We will sorely miss those times, and will keep Lee and all of you in our special thoughts and prayers...she will never be far away. Judy and Russ Sumka
Judy Sumka (friend and neighbor)
November 2nd, 2008
Lisa's mom was a lot like Lisa - gracious, kind, full of humor with a great sense of adventure and fun. We had funny times - the three of us - once visiting Lisa in Scottsdale for a lovely Thanksgiving with her folks, Lee and Lisa and I went shopping and I ... well, shopped. It was all Lee's fault, of course, but Lee thanked me for my significant contribution to the Arizona economy. In her illness, Lee continued to be sweet and loving and I appreciated the chance to spend time with her, too. Gracious, loving and dignified. I know she didn't want to leave and was sad about that. Yet, there she was courageous, kind to others, and having fun with the children until the very end. May all our lives be as blessed.
Beth Chirdon (Lisa's friend)
November 1st, 2008
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"Beautiful lady, beautiful family, beautiful memories."
Pam and Alan Tessmer
November 3rd, 2008
"On October 30th a special STAR appears and lights-up the San Diego Harbor"
Darlene Ciavarella
November 2nd, 2008
"May you live forever in the minds and hearts of all who loved you."
beth chirdon
November 1st, 2008


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