Audrey LaMarr Shipley Smith
Audrey LaMarr Shipley Smith, of Marietta, Texas, died Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Longview, Texas. She was 94.
Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 at the funeral home. Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Marietta, Texas with Dr. Chas Carlisle officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Marietta, Texas.
Audrey was a builder, electrician, plumber, best friend, beautician, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife, role model, Christian, chicken farmer, and a part-time doctor. She was affectionately known as “Dr. Smith” by her family for her generous advice about anything involving your health. She spent her youth dancing. Audrey met her husband Marshall during the Great Depression in the third grade at Marietta Elementary. She announced to the world she was going to marry this man, because he had meat in his biscuit for lunch. They married on October 12, 1940 in a double ceremony with her mother, Moody Hancock, in Texarkana, Texas. Marshall served in the Pacific theater during World War II while Audrey acted as the original Rosie the Riveter working at Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas. Upon his return from the war they had two boys, Michael and William Joel. Pamela Ann was born several years later, and Audrey left her work in Texarkana to stay home and raise her children. The couple built their own home that they lived in their entire marriage. Over the years, that home sheltered the newly married, children, and grandchildren. Over the ensuing years, the couple raised cattle and chickens. Soon after, Audrey earned her beautician’s license, built a beauty shop, and ran it for almost a decade. She and her friends spent countless hours together there. Audrey was a member of Oak Ridge First Baptist Church for over sixty years, where she ran Girls in Action, Vacation Bible Schools, served as the church secretary for a number of years, and even drove the children to camps.
She went to Marietta Elementary before graduating from Naples High School. Each of her children also attended Marietta Elementary where she volunteered, doing everything from cooking to construction. She loved to visit and share stories (gossip) at the stores in Marietta, Miss Minna’s, Ellington, Wood’s Grocery, and Tenbrook’s Grocery.
She is survived by her three children, Michael Allen Smith, William Joel Smith and wife Glenda, and Pamela Ann Miller and husband Cecil. Grandchildren Christina Eagan, Michael Smith, Mark Smith, Brenton Miller, Amanda Grimes, Matthew Smith, and Annette Miller. Great-grandchildren Zach Eagan, Vanasha Allen, Chevy Smith, Fantasy Smith, Emma Eagan, Andru Smith, Sienna Smith, Aubrey Johnson, Elizabeth Grimes, and Jacob Johnson.