Cherie Raelene Smith Obituary

Cherie Raelene Smith

Sep 12, 1947-Aug 26, 2020
Resided in Fort Worth, Texas
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Cherie Smith, former resident of Davenport Iowa, and Texan at heart, approached each day with strength and compassion. She knew with quiet vigor she could overcome life’s obstacles. It did not matter to her if others seemingly dismissed her objectives or discouraged her path due to less than optimum conditions. She knew she could eventually reach any goal if she pressed forward. 

Her inherent drive would take her many places. She did start out in the traditional role married and a young mom at the age of 18. Embarking on an unknown path, she devoted her time to having and raising 4 unique and independent children. Through daily, diligent tasks, she amended her situation and established, at this same time, a path towards higher education. She became an LVN, a Pharmacy Technician and a Radiology Technician while enjoying her newfound autonomy. Brave and adventurous, she eventually moved to the state which always called her name. Texas bound, she demonstrated once again her fortitude and perseverance as she embodied all that is Texas. This included delighting in the freedom of being a licensed, concealed, handgun carrying Nana, to 8 adored grandchildren. Cherie was happiest when surrounded by laughing loved ones reminiscing and rehashing the details of past family lore. 

She is and has always been the foundation or guidance in so many lives. She inspired and enriched everyone who came to know her; by how she exemplified timeless, basic, values and spiritual depth. She blessed so many through selflessly sharing her time, resources, gifts and talents. 

Cherie, beloved mom, grandma, wife and nurse, battled cancer twice. It was no surprise to any of us especially during these times, she continued to press forward in her own ways, working and living her life each day. In the end, her instincts were more masterful than her body. 

She was like an eye of a hurricane, maintaining and giving peace, plus strength, wisdom, support and comfort no matter what life events whirled around us, or her. Her grace, her loving and devoted soul, will be missed by the countless animals and people she nursed, rescued, and counseled; none missing her more, than those who her loved her most. 

She leaves countless, fond memories including yearly, giant, delectable, baked from-scratch Christmas Cookies, typically piled high with homemade frosting. She has left remnants of her talented hands behind, especially in the hand painted statues, sewn garments, and the many flawless hand crocheted blankets. 

The embrace of one of her blankets comforts those left to cherish her memory. This includes, her loving fiancé Arnold Micklus; David Smith Senior; sons Dave and Sam Smith (Noreen); daughters Kimberly Terry (Joel); Babette Derendinger (Aaron); grandchildren Adrianna Puchta (Brandon); Valerie and Brittney Herdeaz; Raegan and Maverick Smith; KamiRae Terry; and Jacob and Sydney Derendinger. With Cherie as our inspiration, our broken hearts will always emulate her spirit in quiet acts of selflessness, moments of unrealized strength and during all future gatherings with family and friends. 

Services for her will be held October 9th, at 10a.m. at South Garland Baptist Church, 1330 E. Centerville Rd, Garland, Texas 75041; and will be streamed live for those who cannot attend. Contact a family member for live stream details. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cherie’s favorite animal shelter, Dogwood Farms Sanctuary in Troy Missouri: 

Please contact Dogwood online via email: or for written correspondence: Dogwood Farm Sanctuary P.O. Box 53 Troy, MO 63379 


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Sherry Reisinger Sep 23, 2020
BEST FRIEND , 76444 Texas
God put Cherie & I together when she hired me in her Medical career... at the hospital & I felt so Blessed to be in her life, she was my inspiration & Best Friend/sister....She will be dearly missed always & forever. God Bless her family
Janice Harbin Sep 24, 2020
Friend , Deleon Texas
Cheri was a kind and compassionate person and i send prayers to her family from my house to theirs i chatted with her a few times i loved her attitude about life.She sent the cutest newborn clothes to me for my grandson they were very much appreciated.Now you rest in peace my friend and when the wind blows we will know her presence 🙏🏻


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South Garland Baptist Church
1330 E Centerville Rd
Garland, Texas 75041
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