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Paula M. Smith

05/13/1951 - 12/14/2018
Service Date: 12/21/2018
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Gilbert Highland Ward, 3580 East Houston Avenue, Gilbert, Arizona
Interment: Pinedale Cemetery, Pinedale, Arizona

Paula M. Smith, 67, passed away on December 14, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona. Our mother was born in Cottonwood, AZ on May 13, 1951, fittingly it was Mother’s Day. She cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren and would tell anyone who listened about them. Such a child at heart herself, she would try anything her grandkids did, sometimes leading to a trip to the emergency room.

Paula raised her family in St. Johns, AZ where she drove a school bus and enjoyed the small-town atmosphere. She also drove a bus and trained bus drivers for Higley School District. That move to Gilbert, AZ kept her close to those most important to her – her grandbabies. In every job she held she was surrounded by wonderful people who became close friends that kept in touch even after she retired.

Throughout her life, Paula loved her Heavenly Father dearly. Her earthly father also holds a special place in her heart and now he holds her in his arms. The time she spent with her siblings and mother were treasured.

Paula’s sweet smile would light up a room and was absolutely contagious. She enjoyed being creative – stamping, knitting, painting, decorating, and sewing. She made everything from blessing outfits to wedding dresses and veils. Some of her crafts, like dolls, have become family heirlooms for many people.

She is remembered and loved by her children and grandchildren – Danette (Sean) Askew, Talon, Zane (Kassidy); Carly (Dustin) Smith-Wardle, Boston, Baylee, Grae, Oakland; Brett (Dustin) Lee, Payton, Taylor, Reese, Spencer; Erin (Jared) Finch, Connor, Corbin, Bridger, Mason; Shawn (Gina) Smith, Brianna, Ailiana, Owen; Jodi (Lincoln) Proctor, Crewse, Nash, Drew, Knox, Dax; Husband – Ed Smith; Sisters & Brothers – Sonja (Curtis) Crandall, Anna Marie (Aerol) Gruwel, Danny (Jeannie) Petersen, Lynette (Jim) Shelley, Kevin (Jolene) Petersen, Jim (Tori) Beil, Sam Petersen, Julie (Brian) Seavey; Mother – Cecile Adeline Beil.

A visitation will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Gilbert Highland Ward, 3580 E Houston Ave, Gilbert, AZ on Friday, December 21, 2018, with the service to follow at 11:00am. Interment will take place at 12:00pm on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Pinedale Cemetery, Pinedale, AZ.


  • Dorothy Pulsipher

    We will miss your joy of life,your love of family and and friendship. We loved you and your family and our prayers are with you. Ken and Dorothy Pulsipher

  • Daryl and Nancy Phegley

    We’re so sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. She was always very kind to our family, a beautiful lady inside and out. Our thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. Hugs.

  • Mike and Diana Morgan

    Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Mike and I enjoyed all of the times we spent with Paula! All the bus trips and working with her. We will always keep her in our hearts. She was always smiling and so full of energy. She is in eternal happiness and love. God bless you all and God speed your sorrow.

  • Mi sentido pésame hermano Dustin, tu madre se ha ido al cielo y desde ahí te mira con orgullo. Solo el tiempo curará ese dolor tan intenso, pero los recuerdos, valores y enseñanzas perdurarán por siempre. Te mando un fuerte abrazo!

  • I was so shocked to hear about Paula. Not only did we go to school together, girls camp, and hung around with some of the same people, we worked together, her at Higley schools transportation, I at Gilbert schools transportation. I helped her somewhat in her getting trained to train and test people to get their CDL LICENSE. She was a go getter and always so much fun to hang with. I know she will be missed. HUGS AND PRAYERS FOR ALL OF YOU

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