of Bee Branch, AR
August 22, 1940 - May 26, 2023
Sandra Perry Smith of Bee Branch, AR left this world for a better place on May 26, 2023. She died peacefully in her sleep while being cared for by her family. She was called Mom by her children and their numerous friends and known affectionately as Grammy by her dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sandra was born August 22, 1940 in Pineville, Louisiana to Everett and Avis Perry.Wife and Mother:Sandra is a 1959 graduate of Sweeny High School, Sweeny, Texas. She married Roy E. Smith in August of 1960 and would remain at his side for 63 years.Sandra and Roy not only raised their six children while both working, but also filled in as foster parents to more than a dozen youth from around the county when the need arose. She believed it was important as a person and as a Christian, to help provide for those in need. The Smith household in Bee Branch was and still is, a gathering place for youth and young adults in need of guidance and a helping hand. Sandra was known affectionately as Mom to dozens of kids from around the area, be they cousins, friends or neighbors.Nurse:While mother of six children, Sandra attended nursing college at Petit Jean Vocational Institute, Morrilton, AR from 1980 to 1982, earning an LPN degree and joining the staff of the Van Buren County Memorial Hospital. Sandra returned to college in 1986, attending the Baptist Health School of Nursing, earning a degree as a Registered Nurse in 1988. Following graduation, Sandra spent the next 20 years as part of the Van Buren County Hospital emergency room staff, primarily working the night shift. As part of the ER Staff, Sandra cared for the residents of Van Buren County as they arrived at the hospital, including on a number of occasions when her own children arrived from riding, farming and auto accidents. Artist:Sandra was an accomplished artist and seamstress. In her time between shifts at the ER and caring for her family, she sewed dozens of wedding ensembles, high-quality dresses and clothes for her children and grandchildren, as well as friends and neighbors. As an artist, Sandra was a talented painter, producing works in oil, watercolor and pastels. While her children and grandchildren attended South Side High School in Bee Branch, Sandra was asked to paint dozens of murals and set arrangements for high school graduations and school activities. Sadly, much of Sandra's art and almost all of the photographic records of work and early life, was lost in a devastating house fire in 1991. Reader and Writer:The whole Smith family was once described by some visiting friends as "Book People," when they saw walls of the Smith home lined with shelves, stacked with reading material. Sandra always had a book in progress, historical biographies, science fiction, modern fantasy, when not involved in her other pursuits. Being a multi-talented individual never afraid to attempt new things, she tried her hand at writing. Along with the artwork and photographs, also lost in the house fire was a hand-written book of a history of the Jenkins and Perry families featuring a collection of anecdotes, sayings and stories from her youth spent in Louisiana and Texas.Musician:Sandra learned to play the violin during her school years, carrying that talent into teaching herself to play the piano in the early 1970's, eventually picking up the role of church pianist, playing traditional Christian gospel hymns for the local Baptist Church for nearly a decade. Her love of music wasn't limited to old-time gospel, however, as she was (over) exposed to 70's rock and 80's hair metal, developing a deep appreciation for the genres and styles of music her children grew up loving. Anyone hitching a ride in Sandra's Olds Delta 88 in the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s would almost certainly be blasted with the classic rock music of those eras.Gamin' Grandma:Purchasing her first computer system in the early 1990's, Sandra developed a love of computer gaming. Known affectionately in online computer gaming forums as the Gamin' Grandma, Sandra would often join her children and grandchildren in online gaming adventures. Applying her unlimited talents to the computer gaming world, she became adept at fantasy role playing platforms such as Diablo II, Dungeon Siege, Divinity and others. In gaming contests of trivia and general knowledge, she was practically unbeatable.Sandra was, above all, a mother and a Christian. The Bible states in Matthew 22:40, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Sandra lived a life of love, charity and family, doing her best to be an example of the Christian ideal of how life should be lived. She was a rock of stability to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all the youth, young men and women, who were influenced by her example, who could look to her as a role model and always know she was there for them as counselor, advisor, a shoulder to cry on, or simply someone who could cook a tasty meal. Beyond her talent and artistry, Sandra was, to those who had the privilege of knowing her, Mom.Sandra is survived by husband, Roy E. Smith; sons, Roger E. Smith, John P. Smith, Christopher J. Smith; daughter, Julie A. Smith; sisters, Sharon Weems and Wanda Perry and brother, Maxwell Perry. As the matriarch of a large family, she is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.She was preceded in her journey by her parents, Everett and Avis Perry; brother, Gaylen Perry; sister, Doris Clifton and son, Jason A. Smith.A memorial service will be held in her honor on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 1:00PM at the Roller - McNutt Funeral Home in Clinton, Arkansas.To express condolences online please visit www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/clinton
I am so sorry I didn't get a chance to see Sandra again, I have been taking care of my husband for so many years. He died in October 2022. My love and prayers are with you.
Sorry for your loss, continued prayers for your family
Sandra was a gracious and wonderful woman. Iâ€™m grateful for the love and affections Iâ€™ve received from the Smith family.
What a wonderful tribute to her. She had a super sweet spirt. Love and prayers for her family. She will certainly be missed here on earth. Love and prayers for the family. ðŸ™
I am so sorry for your familyâ€™s loss. Your all in my thoughts & prayers
Chris, Toby and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all.
Toby and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and your family in the coming days. The Maint Crew
I wish that I could have gotten to know Grammy better or grown up with her in my life. I am glad I got to meet her, even if it was only for a few years. She told excellent stories and had a great sense of humor. I loved when she walked around the house with her cat DC riding on her walker. Even in the short time I knew her, it was apparent that she was deeply loved by everyone who knew her.
We will all miss my wonderful mother. I cannot express my grief. God has brought an angel home to him. She is now in a place where she has no pain, only joy!
So sorry for your loss. I worked on the nightshift with Sandra at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital for several years. She was a special person and a special nurse. Have missed her since we both retired. Many thoughts & prayers for her family!
Love to my grandchildren Mason, Mackenzie, and Mikayla on the loss of their precious Grammy. She was a wonderful blessed lady and her blessings spread out to everyone she met and knew. Let your hearts be comforted with the great legacy she has given!
Sandra was so much a big part of my life growing up. Her and my mom Martha Were joined at the hio best of friends, so I grew up with her boys I still consider her my "second"mom and she will forever hold a special place in my memories and always in my heart. She was very loved. Prayers to all her loved ones and family. Dallas Peacock
Such sweet words about a beautiful lady. Prayers for family during this time.
She was my "2nd mother" for many years. Sad news. Prayers for the family.
To the family of Sandra Smith. I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Condolences and Prayers to the Smith family. Sandra was a great lady and will be missed by all.
Iâ€™m so sorry for your loss. Praying for you all during this difficult time.
Praying for the entire family for their loss Sandra will definitely be missed
Aunt Sandra(as I always knew her) was an amazing example of what the word Godly woman means. I loved her so very much. Her friendship with my mother was a thing of beauty. Love and prayers to you all. Rebekah Ball Redus & family
My condolences to you all, I know she will be greatly missed.
A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady ðŸŒº
Sorry for your loss , praying for your family
Dear Smith Family:So very sorry to hear about your loss. Yâ€™all are in my thoughts and prayers.Love and Prayers â™¥ï¸â™¥ï¸ðŸ™ðŸ»ðŸ™ðŸ»Les Smith