Teresa Hope Smith moved on to a much better place Sunday, September 6, 2020, with her four children by her side. After a battle with cancer, she left this world much too soon for her family and friends, but at peace and ready for the next adventure.
Most recently of Shoshone, ID, and previously of Van Alstyne, TX (and just about every other city in Texas), “Hope” as known to those closest to her, was born December 9, 1952, in Abilene, TX to late parents Edith “Ma” and Milton “Pa” Edwards.
She was the beloved mother of Bobby (Kristy), Billy (Tricia), Danny (Sarah), and Kalistie (Yordlak), the proud grandmother of Kara, Audrey, Kelly, the late Bobby, Chandler, Jonathan, Megan, Morgan, Sarah, Christian, Jeremy, Gabriel, Ezra, Khloe, and Mikah, and the great grandmother of 8.
Hope was the little sister of Janet, Bobby, and the late Harry and Almeta, and best friend of Bill and Paula Jones and Donna Fale.
Although she was a Texan through and through, she spent her last seven years in Idaho. There, she lived with the loving family of her daughter (and best friend), Kalistie. She took her Texan accent with her and continued calling everyone she met Ma’am and Sir, whether they liked it or not. Hope’s church home was Lighthouse Church in Twin Falls, ID.
While she was a woman of many talents, Hope spent the majority of her career as an insurance customer service representative where she loved to save customers every penny possible, make friends with everyone she met, and brag about her family.
Despite her quiet demeanor, complete strangers could immediately sense her pure heart and love for others, leaving them unable to resist pouring out their souls to her. She was genuine to a fault. She had a kind heart, yet she sugar-coated nothing, and she always said what needed to be said without any fluff.
One of Hope’s greatest talents was cooking. Her ability to make simple ingredients taste like a gourmet meal was unmatched; a fact of which her daughters-in-law were often reminded by her boys. Without a doubt, her secret ingredient was love.
Hope was a truly fitting name as she had a unique ability to find the good in any situation. She inspired her children to push themselves to succeed but stay humble at the same time. She had no desire for worldly things, and all of her love was reserved for people...and maybe playing bingo. She enjoyed trying new things, but she lived for those she loved.
Visitation will be held at the Fry-Smith Funeral Home, 502 Kent Ave., Tuscola, TX, from 12 noon to 2pm with a graveside service immediately following at Dewey Cemetery, FM 382 and CR 177, Lawn, TX
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